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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 5
- 20th Oct 2012
- KO 18:00
- Ground: Sandy Park
- Att: 9,819
Exeter Chiefs v Clermont - Heineken Cup match preview
Exeter Chiefs have made one change to their starting XV for Saturday's Heineken Cup clash with Clermont Auvergne.
The Chiefs suffered a 9-6 defeat to the European champions Leinster in their first Heineken Cup game last weekend.
It was a remarkable performance as the newcomers were the first team to prevent Leinster from reaching double figures in the Heineken Cup for 26 matches.
Buoyed by their impressive display in Dublin, head coach Rob Baxter has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes to his line-up.
Baxter's sole change in personnel sees Australia international Dean Mumm handed his first European start in place of James Hanks, who drops to the bench.
Exeter have won their last five European fixtures (in the Challenge Cup) at Sandy Park but Clermont have lost just one of their last five Heineken Cup encounters - a 15-19 defeat to Leinster in last season's semi-final.
The Top 14 outfit have also made one change. With Nathan Hines serving a six-week suspension France international Julien Pierre is called into coach Vern Cotter's second row.
Exeter Chiefs: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Ian Whitten, 13 Phil Dollman, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Matt Jess, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Haydn Thomas, 8 Richard Baxter, 7 James Scaysbrook, 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Dean Mumm, 4 Tom Hayes, 3 Carl Rimmer, 2 Simon Alcott, 1 Brett Sturgess.
Replacements:16 Chris Whitehead, 17 Chris Budgen, 18 Ben Moon, 19 James Hanks, 20 Ally Muldowney, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Ignacio Mieres, 23 Sireli Naqelevuki,
Clermont Auvergne: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Brock James, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Gerhard Vosloo, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements:16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Loic Jacquet, 20 Elvis Vermeulen, 21 Ludovic Radoslavjevic , 22 David Skrela, 23 Benson Stanley.
What they said...
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter
"[Clermont] have got strength in different areas to Leinster. But what you have to remember as well is there were 11 or 12 internationals featuring in the Leinster team last week, so you're not talking about a shoddy Leinster side, and sometimes people forget that.
"Clermont we know have more internationals in their squad, but they still have to come to Sandy Park, they still have to endure the rigours of travelling over here, to a ground they've not played at before either. We know we are a good team at home, so if we make the game about ourselves, then that's what we will do.
"All week we've talked about being the team that attacks; being the team that has the ball; and seeing what we can get out of the game. Certainly we are going to attack the game, look to score tries and see what comes from it."
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|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Saturday 18th October|
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|15:15||Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne|
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|15:15||Glasgow vs Bath|
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|TBC||Castres vs Wasps|
|TBC||Harlequins vs Leinster|
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