Having seen his side emerge from the 'Pool of Death', and then travel to the home of the Guinness Premiership leaders and beat them, Munster coach Declan Kidney admitted he simply expects things to be harder and harder in this season's Heineken Cup.
The 2006 champions reached their seventh semi-final, but the wily Kidney knows that a game against either Saracens or the Ospreys is not going to be easy in the next round.
"It is only going to get tougher for us as we move on in this competition. How else can you view the possibility of playing either the Saracens at the Ricoh Arena or the Ospreys at the Millennium Stadium," said Kidney.
"We rode our luck a bit in the first-half because Gloucester pushed a number of penalties wide. It could have been a different game if those kicks had gone over.
"We didn't have the ball for the first 12 minutes and I thought that keeping them out for that period was a great effort. Our defence was superb and Tony McGann deserves credit for the work he has done with the players in that area.
"I think we deserve a huge amount of credit for keeping Gloucester to just three points on their own patch."
The directors of ERC voted unanimously at a Board meeting to postpone all decisions including the release of further instalments of ERC's distributable central revenues to the six shareholder countries until 19 February next when the Board will meet again to reconsider the issue.