New London Wasps defence coach Brad Davis believes the pre-season defeat against Clermont Auvergne was a positive step.
Davis joined the club's coaching staff during the off-season and was pleased to be able to assess the team's condition after six weeks in training.
The 36-27 loss in France included plenty of promising moments ahead of the new campaign, with Wasps next facing Connacht in Ireland this weekend.
"It was a really positive first game up. Up to the first game you never really know where you are. You train hard for five or six weeks but you never really know how it's going to turn out," said Davis to Bucks Free Press.
"But it was a very positive first hit out. The team gave a very good account of themselves at a very difficult place to play.
"There were lots of positives to take out of the game. We scored three tries there, which not many teams do, and we were competitive in all aspects of the game.
"We always knew we'd be a little undercooked going into this fixture. It's only a starting point and we've got to keep building but the effort and attitude was top drawer. They are only one week away from starting their Top 14 campaign but for 40-60 minutes we were very difficult to break down.
"It was only in the last 15 minutes when they started to pull away with their match fitness.
"We took 27 players to France. It's time to start improving combinations and nailing the focus down a bit more.
"We won't be the finished article by any standards against Connacht, but we'll look to build things into our game that weren't there last week and maybe improve a few aspects of our game from last week."