Saracens go into Sunday's game against Rugby Rovigo unbeaten in five games
Saracens will begin this year's Amlin Challenge Cup in positive mood after a stunning start to the season.
The Vicarage Road outfit currently sit at the top of their domestic league after an unbeaten start to their domestic campaign.
Five wins from as many games have seen the 2008 Heineken Cup semi-finalists make a mockery of many pundits' pre-season predictions.
And, despite a summer of upheaval following the introduction of new owners, a new director of rugby and a mass exodus of players, the man plotting Sarries' charge forward believes his side are really gelling as a unit ahead of their Amlin Challenge Cup opener against Rovigo on Sunday.
"We didn't play well as individuals, but we played very well as a team," said director of rugby Brendan Venter after a 22-15 win at Newcastle.
"That was the difference. Paul Gustard, Cobus Visagie and Alex Sanderson put in a huge amount of work on our lineout defence, lineout and scrum and that was the difference.
"Some of our real stars were not on fire and there were a few mistakes, but as a team, we were excellent. We played some nice rugby out there and scored some good tries and that is very pleasing.
"We can see how hard the players are working. They try, try and then try again. We will lose a few games because this is sport and that happens, but we want to go out and make everyone connected with the club very proud with our efforts.
"We're trying to create a culture that will remain at Saracens long after the current group of players and coaches have gone - that is a culture of being positive about everything we do."
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.