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

Jack Nowell made a terrific comeback

Jack Nowell made a terrific comeback

Exeter have beaten Castres to set up a winner-takes-all Heineken Champions Cup showdown with Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday evening.

For Munster, victory or a draw ensures their qualification. And should they hold on and win the game - it will be victor take all in Limerick next weekend. They need a win and clear space between them and Munster.

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.

"It is not as simple as that because we have to do more than just win the game". With one win and a draw from their four games thus far, it is fair to say Rob Baxter's team have not looked all that convincing.

"We can genuinely talk this week about going and testing ourselves in one of Europe's iconic venues against one of Europe's iconic teams, in as close to a knockout as we could get".

"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".

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 global Paris rounding off a slick passing move to cross unopposed.

Why you ask? Because it comes down to head-to-head, and with the two sides drawing in Sandy Park, a win for the Chiefs next week sees them win the head-to-head overall.

He said: "I've been desperate since I came back from the Autumn to play for the club".

The British and Irish Lions back played on the wing and at centre for England in November before being hurt. 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.

In making it a flawless five out of five in Pool 3 by beating Lyon 28-10, the two-time champions set-up a winner-takes-all clash with second-placed Glasgow Warriors in the battle for top spot and a potential home draw in the knock-out stages.

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