Ryan Jones insists "there is still a long way to go" as Welsh rugby finds itself in a familiar position - gripped by Grand Slam fever.
Wales head to Paris next week for the first Friday night game in RBS 6 Nations history, knowing victory over France would leave a second successive championship clean sweep just two more wins away.
Wales’ latest RBS 6 Nations triumph, a 23-15 Millennium Stadium success against England, means they will equal the tournament record of nine games without defeat by beating France.
And the Stade de France should hold few fears, given Wales have triumphed on three of their previous five visits there.
Skipper Jones and his colleagues will reconvene on Wednesday to begin preparations for Les Bleus, and he accepts talk of another Grand Slam - it would be Wales’ third in five seasons - is hard to avoid.
“Our focus has already turned towards France,” he said. “We have a couple of days off to recharge the batteries and we will be back on Wednesday.
“There is no better place to play rugby and it is a great place to win.
“I was fortunate to do that in 2005. If this team can do their homework, we are capable of getting a result out there.
“France like to play rugby, which is great for us. We are both positive in our approaches in the game. We try to get quick ball.”
As for the possibility of another Grand Slam, Jones added: “We can’t get away from the fact that it could be on the cards and people are talking about it.
“When we are in this environment we want to secure the jersey for the next match, play well and make your friends and family proud.
“We are a bit closer than two weeks ago, but there is still a long way to go.
“I still think of ourselves as challengers, and until that trophy comes back to Cardiff, it is up for grabs.
“We have to make sure we work hard, because we are becoming the team to beat.
“Everyone is targeting us and doing their homework on us and focusing on individuals within our team.”
Jones led from the front as Wales completed a first hat-trick of RBS 6 Nations victories against England, but it proved a hard-earned success after the visitors outscored their hosts 2-1 on tries through touchdowns by Paul Sackey and Delon Armitage.
Jones added: “It was extremely tough, and I have not played in many more physical matches. They played more rugby than we expected - they looked very dangerous at times.
“We had a couple of opportunities that we created but could not finish off.
“But we showed the maturity and composure and did enough to win the match, which is the measure of this side.
“We maintained our discipline, and you can’t afford to lose you composure. You will weather storms during games, and without that composure you can self-destruct.”