Wales captain Ryan Jones has hailed the efforts of his fellow forwards following an unbeaten start to this season's RBS 6 Nations campaign.
The reigning Six Nations champions face France in Paris on Friday night, seeking a victory that would leave them just two more wins away from achieving first back-to-back Grand Slams since 1909.
Wales’ adventurous approach has won them numerous plaudits, with attacking talismen like Shane Williams and Lee Byrne leading the way.
But Jones believes a Wales pack that was often criticised in the past is now receiving the praise it deserves.
“It was a myth about our pack,” said Ospreys back-row forward Jones.
“They are finally getting the credit they richly deserve for putting in performance after performance.
“There are great individuals as well - it’s easy to credit the likes of Shane Williams and Lee Byrne, and rightly so - but they’ve got to have their share of the ball, and the pack has been relentless.”
Wales head coach Warren Gatland is likely to retain the pack that helped account for England eight days ago when he names his Paris-bound team tomorrow.
Behind the scrum, Ospreys wing Williams is poised for a recall after missing the England game because of an ankle injury suffered against Scotland in Wales’ tournament opener.
And Gatland must also decide on a role - or otherwise - for centre Gavin Henson.
The injury-plagued Ospreys star has not played Test rugby since Wales were crowned Six Nations champions and Grand Slam winners by defeating France in Cardiff last March.
He was chosen for the Scotland game a fortnight ago, but a calf muscle strain ruined his hopes, while he also missed Wales’ 23-15 success against England.
Henson looks unlikely to separate an in-form midfield pairing of Jamie Roberts and Tom Shanklin, yet a bench role cannot be ruled out.
With or without Henson, Wales can head to the French capital in an optimistic mood.
They have won on three of their five previous Stade de France visits, and Jones added: “France will be dangerous, but we’ve got to make sure we are switched on and react as quickly as we can, while preparing for every eventuality.
“There is more to come. We’ve shown a huge improvement in our composure, we’ve talked about having a big heart and we are maturing, as well as having youngsters in key positions making good decisions.
“We’ve become a team no-one looks forward to playing against. We are creating our own aura and we are earning respect.
“France is a hell of a place to go and play Test rugby. It’s hostile and the fans are very passionate and knowledgeable, but we will aim to quieten them.
“We’ve got the experience of drawing on past conquests, so it is not new. We know what it takes to win there, but we’ve got to start well and show the same character.
“France can be brilliant in patches and the worrying thing is their counter-attacking, which is dangerous, but they were caught a couple of times by Ireland in their first game.”