Worcester Warriors back-rower Chris Jones expects a tough battle when they host London Irish at Sixways on Saturday.
Irish suffered a 35-11 loss in the corresponding fixture last season and opened their campaign with a heavy defeat to Saracens last weekend.
"If we could replicate last season's result it would be fantastic but we can't go into the game thinking about what has been," Jones told Worcester's official website.
"I saw Irish play last weekend and although the 42-20 scoreline suggests a drumming, they actually played well and they've got some big threats - especially out wide."
The former England international ticked off two milestones on the opening week of the season, making his 50th appearance for Worcester and scoring his first try for the club during their 32-15 loss to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.
Jones feels this weekend's clash provides the team with a chance to show what has been worked on during the off-season, and emphasised that wins are as important now as after the Christmas break.
"With our new style of play it's a first chance to showcase it in front of our home support," said Jones.
"People start panicking when it gets to Christmas but it's now where you need to start picking up wins so you can take some of the pressure off.
"When we get the stadium full, it's a great experience. We're going to need the fans' support behind us and hopefully we can kick-off our home campaign strongly this weekend."