Levani Botia bags double as rampant La Rochelle swat aside Wasps

• La Rochelle 49-29 Wasps
• French club take maximum points from first three Champions Cup games

Precedent would suggest that La Rochelle, as first-timers in this competition, will not win the Champions Cup but, swept away on delirium on the Atlantic coast, it is difficult not to proclaim them contenders. Their first three games among Europe’s elite have yielded a maximum 15 points. Wasps are about as far from first-timers as can be imagined – double champions, no less – but they were comprehensively dismantled, notwithstanding the five tries they managed to score themselves.

La Rochelle scored six, which may make this sound closer than the 20-point margin of victory suggests, but that margin was more than fair – perhaps even a little flattering to Wasps. They at least emerge from this sobering experience with a bonus point, courtesy of three tries in the final 20 minutes. They will be under no illusion that it represents anything other than a steal.

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