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Munster vs Exeter Chiefs, Sat 19th Jan 5:30pm, Virgin Media / C4 / BT

  • 18-01-2019 2:34pm
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Munster:

    15. Mike Haley
    14. Andrew Conway
    13. Chris Farrell
    12. Rory Scannell
    11. Keith Earls
    10. Joey Carbery
    9. Conor Murray

    1. Dave Kilcoyne
    2. Niall Scannell
    3. John Ryan
    4. Jean Kleyn
    5. Tadhg Beirne
    6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)
    7. Tommy O’Donnell
    8. CJ Stander

    Replacements:

    16. Rhys Marshall
    17. Jeremy Loughman
    18. Stephen Archer
    19. Billy Holland
    20. Arno Botha
    21. Alby Mathewson
    22. Tyler Bleyendaal
    23. Dan Goggin

    Exeter Chiefs:

    15. Jack Nowell
    14. Santiago Cordero
    13. Henry Slade
    12. Ollie Devoto
    11. Tom O’Flaherty
    10. Joe Simmonds
    9. Nic White

    1. Alec Hepburn
    2. Jack Yeandle (captain)
    3. Harry Williams
    4. Dave Dennis
    5. Jonny Hill
    6. Sam Skinner
    7. Don Armand
    8. Matt Kvesic

    Replacements:

    16. Luke Cowan-Dickie
    17. Ben Moon
    18. Greg Holmes
    19. Mitch Lees
    20. Sean Lonsdale
    21. Jack Maunder
    22. Gareth Steenson
    23. Ian Whitten

    Pool 2:
    Munster 17
    Exeter 13
    Castres 9
    Gloucester 8

    Match Officials
    Referee: Jme Garc(France)
    Assistant Referees: Ludovic Cayre (France) & Jonathan Dufort (France)
    TMO: Eric Briquet Campin (France)

    The spoils of Pool 2 comes down to the final matchday as Munster host Exeter Chiefs. The first fixture in October ended in a 10-10 draw in a physical battle in a windy Sandy Park. Munster return to Thomond Park after their best performance of the season in Gloucester. After their chances looked finished after a home loss to Gloucester in Round 3, Exeter have rebounded to give themselves a chance of qualification. Their attitude to the game will be intriguing. Will they decline kickable penalties and look for the try bonus from off? Without being aggressive their chances of winning and denying Munster a losing bonus point look slim.

    While the Pool is still there to be won, Munster will have one eye on securing a home quarter-final. They will likely need a Montpellier victory at Edinburgh tonight to open the door.

    Munster by 7-10.


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Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,747 ✭✭✭✭ Faugheen


    This game is going to be so much fun to watch. So much in it potentially for both teams.

    Still reckon Munster win.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 17,036 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Henry Ford III


    Plenty of Exeter fans in limerick already. I hope they have a good weekend, but not too good.


  • Registered Users Posts: 49 shauna17


    Looking forward to match tomorrow hopefully good result for Munster 😊


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,230 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    15 - 23


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 49 ✭✭✭ MOLF Hunter


    I'm expecting a Montpellier and Munster double this weekend!


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 49 ✭✭✭ MOLF Hunter


    Venjur wrote: »
    15 - 23

    Munster to win by 15-23 points...you're being more generous than normal good sir!


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,683 ✭✭✭ aloooof


    Faugheen wrote: »
    This game is going to be so much fun to watch.

    I dunno if I'm going to enjoy it much at all, tbh, but hopefully I'll be happy come the final whistle.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,747 ✭✭✭✭ Faugheen


    aloooof wrote: »
    I dunno if I'm going to enjoy it much at all, tbh, but hopefully I'll be happy come the final whistle.

    I’m a neutral so I can only speak on behalf of myself on that one.

    If I was a Munster fan I’d be rightly nervous, but I’d be itching to get to Thomand to watch it, or to the pub if I couldn’t get a ticket.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,150 ✭✭✭✭ LuckyGent88


    Have been looking forward to this game since the draw was made. Always felt it was going to come down to this match to decide the group.

    The later kick off times are so much better and the atmosphere is going to be brilliant.

    Exeter are a quality side. Plenty of power in the pack and the back line has some quality players and finishers.

    Going to back us to win by 7 in a tight tussle.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,230 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Munster to win by 15-23 points...you're being more generous than normal good sir!

    I hope Munster do win and win handsomely but I can't shake the feeling that this is going to be a tougher than expected weekend for the Irish provinces.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,823 ✭✭✭✭ Riskymove


    So a trip to Edinburgh the likely prize for winning tomorrow


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,150 ✭✭✭✭ LuckyGent88


    Riskymove wrote: »
    So a trip to Edinburgh the likely prize for winning tomorrow

    At least there would be no issue tickets anyway if we get there


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,823 ✭✭✭✭ Riskymove


    At least there would be no issue tickets anyway if we get there

    True

    Flights still reasonable and lots of hotels


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,177 ✭✭✭✭ Akrasia


    This will be a huge test for Munster tomorrow. We have very close to full strength and are at home, but Exeter are the top of the premiership and this is a serious game for them. They will be going all out for a TBP to keep their European hopes alive

    I think we will win, I will take a 1 point win, but if we can put them to the sword, it is a huge statement for the rest of the season.

    We have to start strong, if we can keep the try-less in the first half, they might wilt. If we can't keep them out, we need to keep on top or keep very close. For them, 5-1 is no good. they need 5-0. If we win the first half, they'll have nothing to play for in the 2nd half.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,016 ✭✭✭ Bridge93


    5-1 is good enough for Exeter. As is 4-0


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,177 ✭✭✭✭ Akrasia


    Riskymove wrote: »
    So a trip to Edinburgh the likely prize for winning tomorrow

    Yeah, unless we get a TBP and either Racing or Leinster lose this weekend

    (which probably won't happen)

    After tonight, Edinburgh certainly won't be a walkover. But Munster shouldn't be afraid of them either


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,177 ✭✭✭✭ Akrasia


    Bridge93 wrote: »
    5-1 is good enough for Exeter. As is 4-0

    Sorry you're right, i was focusing on them overtaking Munster


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,475 ✭✭✭ Jump_In_Jack


    Bridge93 wrote: »
    5-1 is good enough for Exeter. As is 4-0

    What’s the criteria for topping the group if equal on points?


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,967 ✭✭✭✭ The Lost Sheep


    What’s the criteria for topping the group if equal on points?
    https://www.epcrugby.com/champions-cup/format/rules/


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,716 ✭✭✭✭ Interested Observer


    What’s the criteria for topping the group if equal on points?

    The head to head, which would favour Exeter if they win later.


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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 17,036 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Henry Ford III


    Just win the game


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,475 ✭✭✭ Jump_In_Jack


    Munster will top the group if they prevent Exeter from winning the match by a margin of 4 match points,
    So, if Munster lose 1-4, 2-4 or 2-5 that would be enough.
    If Munster draw or win they automatically top the group.
    Interestingly if Munster lost 1-5 they would finish on 18 points and would need Ulster to lose to go through as the lowest ranked runner-up on points difference, assuming Toulouse win their match.
    So the mentality for Munster must be to go out and get some match points, losing 0-4 would be useless.
    I hope we see a good attacking match where both sides attack and defend like a knockout match.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    The mentality for Munster is to win and nothing else. They will have no thoughts of match points unless Exeter are ahead in the final stages.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,601 ✭✭✭✭ stephen_n


    Munster shouldn’t be thinking of anything less than a win. They are at home and have a very impressive record there in round 6 games. It’s going to be hard fought but Munster will win.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 49 ✭✭✭ MOLF Hunter


    Munster will win this game at a canter, nothing is surer today


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,035 ✭✭✭ CWF


    Munster will win this game at a canter, nothing is surer today

    Good place to watch this in Dublin City? bit of grub during it too.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 147 ✭✭ BoardAtWork


    Munster will win this game at a canter, nothing is surer today

    I'm starting to get nervous of how confident I am of this. That's not a good sign.

    Regardless, got tickets sorted this morning so I'll be cheering along anyway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 716 ✭✭✭ limericklad87


    CWF wrote: »
    Munster will win this game at a canter, nothing is surer today

    Good place to watch this in Dublin City? bit of grub during it too.

    Christ i can barely eat now


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,018 ✭✭✭✭ PTH2009


    This Thomond Park record thing has too end someday and hope it's not today

    This is going to be tough can't wait for it


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,230 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Christ i can barely eat now

    I'm remarkably nervous for a non Leinster / Ireland game.


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