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Preview: London Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

Ben White insists now that Exeter Chiefs have experienced a taste of Heineken Cup rugby, everyone at Sandy Park is hungry for more ahead of a crucial top-six clash with London Wasps.

With Exeter sitting sixth in the Aviva Premiership and Wasps just three points further back in eighth, this Sunday’s game at Adams Park could go a long way to deciding if either side is strutting their stuff in Europe next season.

If the form book is anything to go by the Chiefs should be the ones celebrating come the final whistle, having lost just one of their last five Aviva Premiership matches while Wasps have lost their last six. 

Exeter have also beaten Wasps the last five times the two have met in all competitions and White is looking for that trend to continue to experience Europe’s elite competition again next season.

White said: “Having Heineken Cup rugby at Exeter was great this season and now we have had that experience everyone is eager to not let it go. It is the big stage that everyone wants to test themselves on and it is great for the club. 

“Also having the home games in the competition was great and the fans were fantastic and we want to secure that again for them. 

“London Wasps have lost a few games in a row now so maybe the more pressure will be on them but they still have a dangerous back line so we won’t be taking them lightly at all.”

However London Wasps back rower Ashley Johnson has bad news for White and co, adamant that his side have pinpointed exactly what has led to their poor run of form and are ready to set the record straight in their final home game of the season.

"Obviously everyone is disappointed with our recent run of games but we know what has been going wrong and everyone is determined to put that right and to get back to winnings ways," he said.

"In my opinion we have probably some of the most loyal fans at Wasps and we want to put in a quality performance on Sunday to say thanks to them.

"Every game they come in large numbers and we want to get into the top six to say thank you to them as well.

"It is our last game at home on Sunday and we are looking to put in a performance as they do every game." 

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