Exeter Chiefs' Rob Baxter relishing Champions Cup clash at Munster

Jose Verdugo
Enero 14, 2019

Exeter's victory over Castres sets up a last-round blockbuster match against Munster in the final round of the Champions Cup at Thomond Park.

Exeter, without a win in the first three rounds of this season's Champions Cup, went halfway to that task by running in five tries in a bonus-point home win over the French Top 14 champions ahead of a trip to Munster's Thomond Park ground.

For Munster, victory or a draw ensures their qualification. What a game we have to look forward to should Exeter hold on.

"It's positive that we focussed on our game and we worked hard to come through". We have to collect at least a four-point gap to get level with Munster, but we have given ourselves a definite something to go over there and play for.

"It is going to be a fantastic test for us, and great to see which players want to stand up and fight".

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"Looking at Munster (at Gloucester) on Friday, they went there absolutely bubbling with emotion, to get in the faces of Gloucester, particularly in the forwards". With penalty advantage, Nowell weaved past three Castres defenders and flew clear of the last man for the opening try of the afternoon.

And it gave the Premiership belated cause for cheer, with five clubs - Bath, Wasps, Gloucester, Leicester and Newcastle - having been knocked out before the penultimate round of pool games had even been completed. Tudor Stroe was sent-off for a swinging forearm midway through the second half.

But their response was impressive, as far from going into their shells, they hit back with an equalising try just four minutes later, with Canada global Paris rounding off a slick passing move to cross unopposed.

Baxter paid tribute to England wing Nowell, who scored a sparkling solo try in the No 15 shirt on his first appearance since mid-November after being sidelined by a hamstring injury. It suited him the way the game went. When we are playing that relatively high-tempo game, it doesn't really matter what number is on his back.

"There's certainly the possibility of him staying there for a little while now after playing so well".

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