CJ Stander try salvages draw for Munster to deny Exeter

• Exeter 10-10 Munster
• Chiefs frustrated in Champions Cup opener

Nothing stimulates Munster more than Europe. They arrived at Exeter, whose only defeat in their previous 17 matches had been in the Premiership final against Saracens last May, without an away victory this season but even without a clutch of leading players – Keith Earls pulled out after being injured during the warm-up – they had enough know-how to thwart opponents who for all their domestic success are still feeling their way in the Champions Cup.

Munster gave Exeter the first use of the near-force gale but so dominated territory in the opening period that the Chiefs’ 10-3 interval lead was oddly anomalous. The Irish province have spent the past two decades rising above the average of their domestic game and a team that was last month humbled by Cardiff Blues, hardly one of the European powerhouses, took on a team that has tended to trade in bonus point victories this season and shook them vigorously.

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