Gloucester coach Dean Ryan knows that the Club's quarter-final qualification now comes down to one game and 80 minutes of rugby. Read his thoughts at the official website.
Ryan said: "We've got to start with a clean sheet on Sunday, get it rolling early on and get the points."
Ryan and director of rugby Nigel Melville have experienced final pool weekend qualification before including against Treviso last season and away in Munster the year before, but Ryan was quick to see the positives for Sunday.
"It's a different mind-set required. We've been the victims of being on the other side, in terms of saying that we can't afford to lose by x amount of points.
"On Sunday there's no hang-up for us. We've just got to go out and play positive rugby. When we do that it tends to suit what we're trying to do as a team."
Gloucester go into Sunday's game knowing that they need to win with a try bonus point, prevent Stade Francais from getting any pool points, and score at least two tries and nine points more (or three tries more) than the French side on the day to qualify as pool winners.
"Hopefully we can find the rhythm early on and put some pressure on. If we can get a lead and put the pressure on, it'll build on Stade Francais. We've had our own experience of that, and it's very difficult to suddenly say lets start playing rugby later on in a game when you know you've got to stop the opposition scoring a certain number of points.
"If the rhythm is there early on and the crowd get behind us, we can build on it. We'll then see a pretty lively second half.
"We can't afford to force the first half too much. We'll probe a few areas where we think we have an advantage. If we haven't got to where we want to be then people will see a change in tempo."
Ryan knows to expect a strong Stade side who will be just as powerful away as they are at home in Paris.
"The travelling didn't seem to bother Biarritz last week. That's something that the Heineken Cup has started to change. You saw that last Sunday in the Leicester game. We don't expect any less from Stade than what we saw in Paris back in October."
Stade used the set-piece to their advantage against Gloucester in the French capital back in October, and the Gloucester coach is well aware of their strengths.
"In that game their driving line-out was good, and Pich (Agustin Pichot) was the threat we know he can be. We've got to work hard on that area. We defended some of their five metre set-pieces well, but we gave them too many chances at it. If you give a team like that five or six goes at it, they'll get it.
"Stade Francais are the French champions, they're in good form, they're full of great players, but we're playing at Kingsholm, the crowd will be behind us and we know what we have to do."
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Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.