Openside flanker Francois Louw believes Bath will have to be ‘spot on’ in every aspect of their game if they are to stand any chance of beating Exeter Chiefs this weekend, writes JONATHAN LEIGHFIELD.

Todd Blackadder’s side come into the game off the back of a week’s break – their previous Premiership fixture was an 18-9 win over second-placed Saracens as Rhys Priestland kicked Bath to victory with six penalties.

The Rec side enter the match against leaders Exeter looking to exact revenge from the 39-24 defeat they suffered on home turf during the first weekend of October.

Experienced South African Louw has confidence in Bath’s ability to achieve a result this weekend, but knows they must play for the full 80 minutes so as not to suffer any more heartbreak, similar to recent defeats against Northampton Saints and Harlequins.

He said: “They’re obviously a very good outfit. There’s a reason why they’re top of the log, but every side in this tournament is beatable and that’s what makes the Premiership so special – the level of competitiveness.

“A lot can happen within the 80 minutes – I’ve definitely witnessed that during my career.

“We’ll firstly focus on our game before we start looking at where we can really dent theirs.”

“They’re a very good team, so we’ll have to be spot on if we want to give ourselves any chance of getting a victory.”

The 33-year-old recently extended his stay at the Rec for at least another year, and says he is yet to give much thought to plans after he stops playing.

Louw said: “I’m very pleased to extend my stay at Bath. To enter into a ninth season at the club is fantastic from my side, first of all.

“It’s been an awesome road for me here at Bath, so to play another year is very exciting and I’m very much looking forward to it.

“I’m very happy with what we have in the City of Bath and my family are also very happy here, so I’m very happy to still be playing at this club.

“I’m trying to take things one step at a time in terms of the future. I hope to give it another push and I’ll reassess where I’m at next year.

“I’m not too sure what the future holds just yet, but there’s no doubt I’ll be doing some planning for the future in the coming months.”

SEATS are still available on supporters’ coaches heading to Twickenham for Bath’s Premiership clash against Bristol Bears on Saturday, April 6.

The coaches depart from Trowbridge, Beckington, Frome, Westbury, Warminster and Amesbury.

Contact Chris Perry on 07967 223372 for details.