Preview: La Rochelle v Exeter

Date published: December 3 2014

Exeter have been in stunning form in the Premiership over the last month and will look to carry that form into Europe away at La Rochelle.

The Chiefs are now third in the league thanks to an unbeaten November in which they knocked off both Northampton and Saracens.

They face a very different task on their return to Challenge Cup action however, with a trip to La Rochelle.

While the Top 14 newcomers could easily have just written off this competition with survival their main priority, they did pick up a win in round two against Bayonne.

A few players from their first-choice lineup are rested for this game, but they’ve stuck with a number of players who are regulars in the Top 14, especially in the backline.

And when they play at Marcel Deflandre, they are a tough nut to crack. In fact only Bordeaux-B