Date Time Competition Season
16 April 2022 3:00 pm European Champions Cup 2021/22

Match Report

Carbury inspires Munster to last-eight in Champions Cup

Joey Carbery inspired Munster to make the quarter finals of the Heineken Champions Cup, as they came out 34-23 winners on aggregate, following a 26-10 victory at Thomond Park over the Exeter Chiefs this afternoon.

Carbery kicked 21 of Munsters points tally this afternoon, he was pivotal in the Munster backline as they managed to overcome the deficit.

The visitors looked to have gotten ahead after the restart, getting their second try early in the half but missed conversions cost them dearly, as the hosts managed to hold firm for a hard earned win.

Munster worked well early on to turnover an Exeter attack, after going up the other end Joey Carbery landed a penalty from range, to give them a 3-0 lead after six minutes.

After a strong start Munster were hit with a double blow after 11 minutes, Conor Murray shown a yellow card after Sam Maunder crossed for the Chiefs opening score to put them into a 5-3 lead.

Carbery restored the Irish provience’s lead after 18 minutes, kicking another penalty this time from a shorter distance, they led by the minimum as they looked for a further breakthrough.

The Munster fly half was his side's biggest inspiration in the opening half, he got their opening try after faking the defence well to glide his way to the try line to touch down, he added the conversion for a 13-5 lead after 27 minutes.

Cracks began to appear for Munster as the half wore on, again turnovers and penalties starting to see Exeter get more possession and a late penalty by Joe Simmonds, from nearly half way out the field could have reduced the arrears but his kick drifted wide.

The visitor’s continued their charge after the restart, they worked hard to attack the Munster line keeping pressure on their defence, in the end Jacques Vermeulen bundled his way over for the second try, making the Munster lead three points on the day, but the English outfit lead by two on aggregate.

Carbery again was the driving force to see them back into the lead on aggregate, his kicking vital for the hosts they lead by one on aggregate after the hour mark. He replied with another monster kick to give Munster a 19-10 lead on the day, while leading 27-23 on aggregate after 65 minutes.

They tide turned in favour of the Shannonsiders as Exeter were being pinned back into their half, attacks started to flow and with a penalty advantage their way they offloaded wide to Simon Zebo, he sprinted down the wing before he found Damian De Allende who dove over to score, his try making it 34-23 on aggregate as Carbery again landed the conversion.


15Mike Haley Full-Back
14Keith Earls Winger
13Chris Farrell Centre
12Damian DeAllende Centre 74'
11Simon Zebo Winger
10Joey Carbery Fly-Half 26'
27', 75'
6', 18', 60', 66'
9Conor Murray 21 Scrum-Half 11'
1Josh Wycherley 17 Forward
2Niall Scannell 16 Hooker
3John Ryan 18 Prop
4Jean Kleyn 20 Lock
5Fineen Wycherley Lock
6Peter O’Mahony 19 Flanker
7John Hodnett 23 No. 8
8Jack O’Donoghue Flanker
16Diarmuid Barron 2 Hooker
17Jeremy Loughman 1 Prop
18Stephen Archer 3 Prop
19Jason Jenkins 6 Lock
20Thomas Ahern 4 Forward
21Craig Casey 9 Scrum-Half
22Ben Healy Back
23Alex Kendellen 7 Full-Back

Past Meetings

(Round of 16 - 1st Leg)
13 - 8
European Champions Cup
Sandy Park

Exeter Chiefs v Munster


Thomond Park
Thomond Park, Limerick City, County Limerick, V94 PD28, Ireland

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.