“It is going to be a big day for us on Friday when we play Montpellier,” said Sanderson. “Our Pool, particularly with Connacht, has been hotly contested and that is reflected in the closeness at the top with ourselves and Connacht.

“And with other sides not having lost so far and looking good bets to be the four home quarter-finals, it is all about us winning over in France and not about any possible bonus points – that is of minor importance to us.

“And although we have put in a lot of hard work getting this far it all comes down to how we do this weekend. This is the big one.

“Montpellier will be very confrontational on their own pitch and we know from the Round 1 game that they are a big and physical side.

“Overall, the European Challenge Cup has proved a far better tournament with the new structure. It has made for better rugby with the clubs showing far more interest.”