Ex­eter v Le­in­ster — match facts

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The clubs have met twice pre­vi­ously dur­ing Ex­eter’s de­but sea­son in Europe’s top flight, with Le­in­ster win­ning both matches.

Three-time win­ners, Le­in­ster, have won each of their last three games against Aviva Premier­ship op­po­si­tion, with each of those vic­to­ries com­ing by 15+ points.

The reign­ing Premier­ship cham­pi­ons have won their open­ing two games of the cam­paign, how­ever, they’ve never won three in a row in the Cham­pi­ons Cup.

Le­in­ster have lost just one of their last eight games in the Cham­pi­ons Cup (W6, D1), their only de­feat in that run com­ing in last sea­son’s semi­fi­nal against Cler­mont.

Le­in­ster have won their last six games in a row at home, their best such run since win­ning 12 con­sec­u­tive games in Dublin from De­cem­ber 2009 to Oc­to­ber 2012.

Five of Ex­eter’s last six away games have been de­cided by mar­gins of eight points or fewer (W2, L4), in­clud­ing two de­feats by a sin­gle point.

De­spite hav­ing the low­est ruck suc­cess rate (95%), Ex­eter Chiefs have en­joyed the long­est time in pos­ses­sion this sea­son, hold­ing onto the ball for an av­er­age of 21 min­utes and 15 sec­onds per game.

Le­in­ster con­ceded just 12 penal­ties to date, the fewest of any side, while Ex­eter have con­ceded the sec­ond fewest (14, level with Ul­ster).

Henry Slade beat eight de­fend­ers in Ex­eter’s dra­matic Round 2 vic­tory at Mont­pel­lier, only Ne­mani Nadolo (9) evaded more tack­les in the same match.

If Le­in­ster are vic­to­ri­ous at Sandy Park on Sun­day, it will be their 100th com­pe­ti­tion win.

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