Wallabies Legend Stephen Larkham has revealed that Munster are preparing to combat Exeter Chiefs’ possession game and kick-chase this Saturday.
Exeter is known for their ability to hang onto the ball for long periods of time deep in the opposition’s 22 while pounding away at the try line from close range.
While the Chiefs haven’t had as much success with it this season as they have in previous years, it is still a significant weapon in their armory that Munster will be aware of.
Stephen Larkham about Munster’s strategy for Exeter.
“They’ve got a very distinct style of play. If you look at the Bath game at the weekend, that first passage of play, they have the ability to hold the ball for multiple phases,” Larkham said.
“We’ve seen that over the years and they’ve brought their game back to where it has been over the last couple of years in the last month. Probably a patchy season for them but they’re playing some really good rugby with ball in hand.
“They’re very dangerous. They certainly challenge opposition teams by holding the ball, but in saying that they’ve also got a very good kicking game, a very good kick-chase game. They’re a well-rounded team.
“From an opposition perspective, we’re very conscious of their ability to hold the ball, so we’re prepping for that. Then they’ve got a very good kicking game so we’re prepping for that as well.”