Gloucester will aim to reignite their Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final hopes on Saturday in what head coach Bryan Redpath admits is a pivotal fixture.
Redpath's team visit current Pool Five leaders La Rochelle, knowing a win would put them back on course following a painful injury-time defeat against Agen in October. And with La Rochelle then visiting Kingsholm on Sunday week, Gloucester could find themselves in pole position ahead of January's final two group fixtures.
"This is a huge game for us in terms of pushing on for the tournament's next stage," said Redpath. "If we don't win, it will get very difficult to go through as group winners, so this is a key game. We know it is a big challenge."
Gloucester's Aviva Premiership form - five wins from their last six league starts - suggests they are good enough to emerge with the points from Stade Marcel Deflandre.
Redpath, though, is well aware La Rochelle's most recent home scalp were reigning French champions Clermont Auvergne, who suffered a 22-14 league defeat.