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In-form Michele Campagnaro ready to shine in Six Nations - Exeter skills coach

Exeter skills coach Ricky Pellow praised the performance of hat-trick hero Michele Campagnaro as Chiefs thrashed Wasps 52-5 at Sandy Park on Saturday afternoon.

Sam Simmonds, Mitch Lees, Shaun Malton, Lachie Turner and Stuart Townsend also touched down in the eight-try rout, with Joe Simmonds converting six.

But it was 23-year-old Campagnaro, likely to be included in the Italy side for next weekend's RBS 6 Nations opener against Wales, who was the stand-out figure.

"It's been a solid set of recent performances from Michele and, while we are sorry to temporarily lose him from our squad, he'll be excited about bringing that form into the Six Nations to show what he can do," Pellow said.

"It was a great performance from us and I'm especially pleased with the defensive effort in the last 10 minutes to keep our line intact."

The bonus-point victory put Exeter top of a tightly contested Pool Two and are likely to need another bonus-point win at Bristol next Sunday to secure a semi-final spot.

Pellow said: "It's now in our hands but it will be a tough game as Bristol have turned a corner but we are anxious to progress to the next round."

Wasps fielded a much weaker side than their opponents and exited the competition after this defeat, with a try from Will Rowlands their only reward for a spirited effort.

Assistant coach Lee Blackett said: "It was a great eye-opener for the young lads as it showed how tough it can be when you step up to the next level.

"We had four guys who played for the under-18s last weekend but I'm still disappointed with the result as we made too many individual errors in the first half.

"I'm proud at the way we reacted in the second half but Exeter were very clinical as they've got massive strength in depth and they took their opportunities and we didn't."

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