Connacht v Exeter Chiefs Live

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Sunday 18th January 15:15 GMT


Exeter Chief travel to the Sportsground in Galway on Sunday, to face Connacht in Pool 2 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup, with the prize of a quarter-final place awaiting them if they can complete the double over their Irish opponents. Victory for the Irish Province will see them leapfrog to the top of the Pool, with a trip to La Rochelle next weekend set to complete their qualifying fixtures.

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The Chiefs thumped the Irishmen at Sandy Park in Round 2 of the tournament by 33-13, but this will be their first trip to Ireland for a Challenge Cup match, and two losses in their previous three away games in the competition, suggests that the team from Galway may well take a giant stride towards eighth appearance in the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup.

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Before last weekend, Connacht were unbeaten at the Sportsground this season, but that ground record was taken by Edinburgh in the PRO12 tournament by 16-13. Exeter Chief were also beaten last weekend, going down by 28-26 in Reading against London Irish. The Irish Province will have to go into the vital match without their defence busting centre Bundee Aki, who suffered an ankle injury last weekend, and will now require surgery that will keep him on the sidelines for between 8-10 weeks.

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Posted: 18th January 2015

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