Mike Ruddock insisted his Worcester Warriors should enter the Amlin Challenge Cup in good heart after a promising start to the Guinness Premiership campaign.
After five games of the domestic season, Warriors switch focus to Europe for the next two weeks as they first up entertain French Top 14 side Montpellier at Sixways Stadium on Thursday (kick-off 7.45pm).
Director of Rugby Ruddock admitted his side could be even further up the league table after heart-breaking late defeat to Northampton Saints on the opening day and giving champions Leicester Tigers a huge scare on the road.
But Ruddock, who this week penned a new one-year contract extension, believes his side are in good shape ahead of the next challenges.
"We have had some tough battles - there was not much between the teams," he said.
"We now go into our European challenge buoyed by a reasonably start. Two home wins and some difficult performances, in terms of being difficult to beat, on the road and picking up some crucial bonus points.
"We think we are in pretty good shape. We don't enjoy losing; we haven't enjoyed losing to Leicester. There were some injuries in the Tigers team and it was a day when we could have got a result at Welford Road.
"But that shows how far we have come as a team and how we have changed, we are disappointed not to get a result.
"Even when we have struggled in recent years we have shown we can beat some of the better teams," he added. "We beat Gloucester and Wasps home and away last season, there is plenty of spirit in this team.
"What is key is us being more consistent week in and week out. Against Leicester there was a lack of accuracy in our first half attack. That has probably cost us.
"We must keep working as a team and we will become an even better side. Then these near misses that we have had in the opening few weeks will transfer to some big wins."
Warriors youngster Ben Howard starred for England Under 20s last night as they defeated New Zealand 33-21 to book their place in the IRB Junior World Championship final for the fourth time in six years.
Worcester wing Ben Howard has been named in the England Under 20s team to take on New Zealand in the semi-final of the IRB Junior World Championship in Vannes, France, on Tuesday June 18, kick off 1945 (GMT).
The Warriors Community team have been busy working with people across Worcestershire over the last year and have been given the perfect reward for their efforts after being nominated for a top prize at the All Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Community Awards 2013.
The Worcester Warriors Community department joined forces with Stourport Rugby Club on Tuesday to welcome nearly 90 children from local primary schools to a tag rugby tournament supported by the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
Ben Howard scored two tries as England Under 20s stormed to a record-breaking 109-0 victory over USA to book their place in the IRB Junior World Championship semi-finals alongside South Africa, New Zealand and Wales.
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Worcester Warriors is delighted to announce its successful long-term partnership with CitySigns is to continue after the family signage and leading display firm was confirmed as the club's Official Signage Partner.
England Under 20s - who included Worcester wing Ben Howard - fell agonisingly short against world champions South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship, losing 31-24 in La Roche-sur-Yon on Sunday.