Jack Nowell on song as Exeter Chiefs' knockout hopes kept alive

If Exeter make it to the knockout stages they will be the first team in Champions Cup history to do so after failing to win any of their first three pool matches

Exeter Chiefs' Rob Baxter relishing Champions Cup clash at Munster

Munster's final pool game with Exeter Chiefs at Thomond Park next weekend just got a whole lot more interesting, with the Premiership side sailing over for their fourth try in the last few minutes against Castres.

Exeter must beat Munster in Limerick, although a losing bonus point would still edge the Irish heavyweights through as Pool Two winners unless Chiefs post a try bonus-point victory. And should they hold on and win the game - it will be victor take all in Limerick next weekend. Even then they would need to win again at Munster next weekend to go through.

All of the other pool leaders are ahead of Munster in the rankings but a win for the French outfit would suit Van Graan's side, providing they win at Thomond.

"We have done the most important thing, which is get to the last stage of the pool effectively in a knockout game", Baxter said. We have to collect at least a four-point gap to get level with Munster, but we have given ourselves a definite something to go over there and play for.

Tom O'Flaherty dives over to score Exeter's bonus-point try at Sandy Park
Tom O'Flaherty dives over to score Exeter's bonus-point try at Sandy Park

"Looking at Munster (at Gloucester) on Friday, they went there absolutely bubbling with emotion, to get in the faces of Gloucester, particularly in the forwards". That is the thing we have got to face first.

But their response was impressive, as far from going into their shells, they hit back with an equalising try just four minutes later, with Canada worldwide Paris rounding off a slick passing move to cross unopposed. "And that will give us our best chance". "It's all on next week now, I know the boys will be buzzing from tomorrow to get into it".

"It was great to see guys like Jack Nowell back, playing so well", Baxter said. The ball took a lovely bounce for Tom O'Flaherty who caught the ball on the run and dived over for his first Heineken Champions Cup try.

Glasgow scored a 33-24 victory over Cardiff to secure a bonus point ahead of that trip to London but they were made to work all the way at Scotstoun before George Horne crossed in the 78th minute.

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