Ulster Rugby are in pole position to advance to a fourth successive Heineken Cup quarter-final after maintaining their winning start with an impressive 25-8 victory at Montpellier - the French club's first home loss this season.
The 1999 champions had kicked-off their campaign with a hard-fought win over Leicester Tigers and they have now stretched their winning run this season to five matches and sit two points clear of the English champions.
Mark Anscombe's men face Benetton Treviso in back-to-back matches beginning at Ravenhill on Saturday, 7 December.
They have faced the Italians four times previously in the Heineken Cup, winning every encounter, and will be targeting maximum points to put one foot in the knockout stage once again.
Leicester maintained the pressure on Ulster with a bonus-point victory over Benetton Treviso. They welcome Montpellier to Welford Road on Sunday, 8 December. The two-time champions have never faced Montpellier in the Heineken Cup before, but will be under no illusions about the need for a win to keep the pressure on Ulster.
The atmospheric Stade Vélodome in Marseille looks set for a 40,000 plus attendance for the Heineken Cup semi-final clash on Sunday, 27 April between reigning champions, Toulon - gunning for a fourth European final in five years - and Munster Rugby, who have reached a record 11th tournament semi-final.