Munster captain Paul O'Connell admits vast improvements are needed if his side are going to beat Perpignan in their Heineken Cup clash at Thomand Park this Friday.
The Magners League champions come into the Pool 1 game having continued their poor form prior to the November international series, with a disappointing loss to the Ospreys last weekend.
Perpignan are flying high in the Top 14, sitting two points behind leaders Castres with a game in hand, but their domesitc form has not yet been translated into European performances.
The group remains on a knife edge, with all four teams having won and lost one game apiece and O’Connell is looking for more consistency from his troops.
“Our form is probably a bit of a concern,” said the British and Irish Lions captain. “We'd rather be playing great rugby, rather be flying along in the Magners League. I suppose we've struggled a little bit. We've had injuries.
“I suppose that was our big strength last year in that it didn't matter who pulled on the jersey we performed. And that's something we need to look at and something we need to get right. I don't think the lads underestimate this game or the task they face.
“Obviously they're a massive scrummaging side. The scrum is very big for them. They're a very big mauling side. They maul most of the ball they get and they're very good at it.
“They kick a lot from their own half of the pitch but when they get into your half, they're a typical French side play with a lot pace, play with a lot of width. It's going to be a very tough challenge.”