The West Country club top the group but coach Dean Ryan accepts Bayonne are still very much in the quarter-final hunt.

“The match is intriguing because Bayonne could obviously still top the Pool with a bonus point victory and have designs on a place in the knock-out stages,” said Ryan.

“Any team who can beat Toulouse away, regardless of their strength, have to be taken seriously and that is exactly how we will approach the game.

“I would imagine they will present a challenge very much like the one we faced in France. All French teams relish the physicality, they will be big and physical and look to attack the set piece. Those are areas of the game we like to pride ourselves on so we have to make sure our preparation is spot on this week. A home quarter-final is at stake and that is vital for any club in this competition.”

“In the Challenge Cup this season we have changed the personnel and that in itself throws up new challenges. We have attempted to broaden the understanding of individuals in the belief it will benefit the team in the domestic competition.”