"We are satisfied because we have achieved our objective, which was to reach the Heineken Cup quarter-finals," he said. "We are thrilled to be in the knock-out stages of the competition once again but everything from now on is a bonus.
"Now, taking account of the difficulties that Heineken Cup knock-out stages have caused us in the past, we are more than aware of the huge task that awaits us and we will prepare those matches accordingly.
"For the moment we will go to London Irish next week with all the pressure lifted from our shoulders.
"We know that it is a very difficult place to get a win. London Irish have lifted their performance level considerably in recent months, notably when they got a victory at Northampton recently - which is no small achievement.
"But it won't be a match we will target and the fact that there is no pressure on us whatsoever will give us a chance to rotate the squad somewhat ahead of important championship games."