Ulster skipper Johann Muller has shaken off a neck injury and is looking forward to leading the side into battle against Top 14 leaders Montpellier on Saturday.
Ulster started their Heineken Cup campaign with a victory over English Champions Leicester and while the former Springbok captain was pleased with the performance he knows the team will need to lift it another level if they are to be the first visiting side to claim a competition win in Montpellier.
“There were some real positives against Leicester in all aspects of the game, we had a look at the video on Monday and we created a lot more chances this time around than we did a couple of years ago when we beat them by 40 points.
“That’s the frustrating thing we are creating so many opportunities but we’re not converting them,” said Muller.
“This week is all about us and making sure that we have everything in place.”
Montpellier are unbeaten at home in the French league this season and have never lost a Heineken Cup tie at Stade Yves du Manoir.
“This is a totally different kettle of fish.
“Montpellier away from home, they have a massive pack of forwards and we all know the French don’t lose at home and that is their motto.”
“They have done really well in the Top 14 so far and had a couple of massive results in it.
“it doesn’t get any bigger than this for us as a team,” he said.
“We know what we did last weekend against Leicester will probably not be good enough.
“We need to lift it another 10% if we have any chance of getting a win.”
“We have got that monkey of our back, in that Clermont game we got so close and played really well on the day and it could have gone any way, last year it wasn’t pretty against Castres but we ground it out and got the victory.
“Once again this weekend we have a great opportunity to go down there and play as well as we can and anything can happen on the day.”