The Chiefs play Castres in the Heineken cup this weekend
Exeter drew their first European game of the season against Munster last weekend at Sandy Park. In blustery conditions, it finished 10-10.
But it was a positive performance from Exeter says director of rugby Rob Baxter. Speaking to the clubs website he says: “I’m very enthusiastic about a lot of what we did at the weekend,” said Baxter. “Munster are a quality side, so to keep them down to 10 points took a huge effort. I know we only scored 10 points as well, but anyone watching that game could see we had a bit more in attack and that it was Munster who were just about hanging on at the end.
Speaking ahead of Castres this weekend, he added: “We know it will be tough. “They are the reigning French champions and if you watched their game with Gloucester, they were very much in that game right up until the end. Obviously they will be different to what we usually face over here in England, they won’t be as disciplined with their patterns, they’ll be more open and they look to gain momentum through individual moments.
“We have to be aware of those threats, but at the same time look to impose our game on them. I think it will be an interesting clash of styles, but if we identify those threats, we stay switched on, and we deal with them through our own systems working correctly, then we can really concentrate on ourselves."
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