LV= Cup: London Wasps v Exeter Chiefs Preview

Wasps fly-half Ryan Davies says he is looking forward to helping his side carry on their recent upturn in fortunes as the third round of LV= Cup fixtures gets underway this weekend.

Davies featured prominently as Wasps secured their place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup with a convincing win against Bordeaux Begels on Sunday to follow up their win against Rovigo in the same tournament the week before.

Wasps European form has been a welcome distraction from their poor league Aviva Premiership campaign so far, where they sit second from bottom with 13 games gone.

They’ll be hoping for further distractions from cup competition when they  face the Exeter Chiefs in a Pool 1 clash they simply must win if they are to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament.

Davis has yet to establish himself as the club’s automatic first choice fly-half, and while he insists the tie against his former club won’t be easy, Davies says he views the game as a chance to further forward his case for a regular starting spot.

"Exeter have done really well this year and they have a strong squad so we know that they will have fifteen guys raring to go and keen to hold onto the shirt,” he said.

“It won't be easy by any means but we go into it on the back of two very good European wins and we want to build on that.

For me personally, I want to take all the chances I get in the coming weeks so that when the Premiership starts up again I am at the forefront of people's minds when it comes to selection."

Wasps back Tom Varndell is out of action for 12 weeks and will miss the game, Christian Wade is also out with a groin injury but new signing Heinz Koll should feature. 

A glance at the rugby betting for the game shows that 6th placed Premiership side Exeter are the favourites, with Paddy Power placing the visitors at 10/4 for the win while Wasps are slight outsiders at 3/1 with BlueSq to take the win.

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