Good start proves enough for Exeter
Munster 0 Exeter Chiefs 12
With nine internationals in the starting line-up, Exeter Chiefs produced just enough to continue a pre-season winning streak in this hotly disputed clash with Munster at Musgrave Park last night.
In the first of three games between the sides this season, Exeter earned bragging rights in advance of the Champions Cup when they won this game through a combination of opportunism and defiant defence.
In the opening quarter the visitors established a winning 12-0 lead, tries from the impressive Olly Woodburn and prop Harry Williams, with a conversion from Gareth Steenson, guiding them to that advantage.
Exeter made much better use of the ball during that opening half as Munster coughed up possession through unforced errors far too often.
Munster improved after the interval. In several attacking scrums, substitute Arno Botha ensured the visitors had plenty to worry about. Darren Sweetnam’s brilliant run was stopped just inches from the line at the three-quarter stage.
Substitute winger Liam Coombes was another to come agonisingly close when he was scythed down a couple of yards out after 64 minutes.
Munster’s Darren Sweetnam contests an aerial ball with Nic White of Exeter during last night’s friendly at Musgrave Park in Cork.