Bryan Redpath says he will take little notice of Agen's domestic struggle when his Gloucester team launch their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign in France.
Gloucester head to Stade Alfred Armandie on the back of morale-boosting Aviva Premiership victories over Wasps and Bath following a stuttering start. Given that Agen currently prop up the French Top 14 table, Gloucester might quietly fancy their chances of claiming a potentially-decisive Pool Five victory.
"Agen will be tough opponents," said head coach Redpath. "They may be bottom of the Top 14 at the moment, but we are not reading too much into that."
Redpath continued: "We've had a tough few weeks in the Premiership, but heading into European action comes at the right time.
"It's a different competition with different opponents and different locations, and that always gives you a little buzz of excitement.
"Last season, the Heineken Cup gave our campaign a bit of a shot in the arm when we most needed it.
"We won our last three group games, and they were important wins for us in terms of the context of our season."
Redpath recalls a fit-again Olly Morgan in the number 15 shirt, with centre Henry Trinder and wing Tom Voyce making their first competitive starts of the campaign, while Alasdair Dickinson, Scott Lawson and Luke Narraway are among the starters up-front.
"We have to build on what we've produced over the past couple of weekends to give ourselves the best possible chance of a good start in this competition," he added.
"It will be tough. It's an intimidating place to play, and they will be physical."