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Munster Pick Up Precious Two Points In Exeter Arm Wrestle

CJ Stander

Exeter Chiefs 10

Munster 10

It’s full-time at Sandy Park and Munster have come away from the south coast of England with two precious points in the bag after an absolute dogfight.

Despite what the low scoreline may suggest, this was an as engrossing encounter as you will likely see this season as two of the competition’s behemoths went toe to toe.

The Chiefs drew first blood when Gareth Steenson put his side three points in front after 19 minutes.

Munster, who were playing into a strong wind in the first half, which had a huge impact on the game, would have been happy with their work when Joey Carbery levelled matters after 31 minutes.

Joey Carbery

However, this Chiefs side will punish most teams in the tight exchanges and that’s exactly what they did when Luke Cowan-Dickie powered over from close range at the stroke of halftime which Steenson converted.

Munster had the wind in the second half and they used it to their advantage as they pinned the Chiefs in their own 22, time and time again. However, they just couldn’t come up with that crucial score as some unforced errors, either from knock-ons or indiscipline relieved the pressure on the home side.

To be fair, the Chiefs defence was superb throughout, as was Munster’s but the pressure finally told on the Chiefs when CJ Stander crashed over from close range on 65 minutes. Carbery converted and it was a tied game with 15 minutes remaining.

CJ Stander

However, when Munster looked to put the final nail in the coffin, the Chiefs were handed a lifeline when Carbery kicked the ball dead from deep within his own half, the strong wind this time playing against the men in red.

This gave the Chiefs a scrum in prime position and after a sustained period of pressure where the Chiefs came just a metre short of the line, a knock on occurred and Munster got out of this game with two points which is what they at least deserved.

Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email or on Twitter

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