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Thursday 12 December 2019

Exeter continue to set the pace

European Watch

John Fallon

Exeter Chiefs have followed up their 33-13 win over Connacht by continuing their excellent form and have won all three games since that encounter at Sandy Park.

Last weekend they travelled to champions Northampton Saints and came away with 24-18 win, with both sides missing international players.

Their previous two wins were in the LV=Cup following the Connacht game when they gave a run to many of their fringe players.

They beat Gloucester 28-27 and Bath 18-6 and this weekend will bid to continue their winning run when they entertain Wasps at Sandy Park in the Premiership.

In France, Connacht's two pool opponents will meet when La Rochelle host Bayonne when the Top 14 resumes next week.

It will be very much a relegation encounter rather than trying to qualify for Europe, with La Rochelle currently 12th on points difference from Castres, with Lyon bottom a point below them on 18 points.

Bayonne are 10th on 21 points and lost 27-10 away to Racing Metro last time out, with La Rochelle also going down 37-9 away to Damien Browne's Oyonnax in their last match.

The clash of La Rochelle and Bayonne will be their only game before they resume the Challenge Cup campaign.

Connacht will host Bayonne on December 6 before travelling to France a week later, while La Rochelle will try bring Exeter's winning run to a halt.

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