Good start proves enough for Ex­eter

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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.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: TOMMY DICK­SON/INPHO

Mun­ster’s Darren Sweet­nam con­tests an aerial ball with Nic White of Ex­eter dur­ing last night’s friendly at Mus­grave Park in Cork.

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