La Rochelle centre Geoffrey Doumayrou is preparing for a stiff test at home to Sale Sharks in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-finals next Saturday, following their 71-21 win over Pau at Stade Marcel Deflandre at the weekend.

La Rochelle ran in 10 tries to halt a five-match losing run in the TOP 14 and set themselves up nicely for only their second Challenge Cup semi-final.

The French international said: “We know that next weekend the match against Sale will be nothing like that. They’re rather successful in the [English] championship and in Europe, and will be ready physically.

“The collisions will be hard and they have some good individuals in the backs and the back row.

“We must savour [this win], but we must keep our feet on the ground.”

In contrast, Sale will be looking for a big improvement in performance at Stade Marcel Deflandre, after losing their weekend Gallagher Premiership match 39-17 at Worcester Warriors and conceding five tries.

  •  You can watch La Rochelle v Sale live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS on April 20. Kick-off is at 17:30 BST.