Newport Gwent Dragons fly-half Kris Burton has been impressed by the strides made by Italian outfit Zebre ahead of this weekend.
The Dragons have made a bright start to the new season under Lyn Jones, with two wins and two losses as they rebuild following a dismal campaign last season.
Burton, the former Italian international fly-half, joined the club in the off-season and has been competing with another new signing in fly-half Jason Tovey for the number ten jersey.
With great experience having played against and with many of Zebre's squad, Burton is more than aware of the threat they will pose.
"Zebre have always had a good team, they just needed to click," Burton told the South Wales Argus.
"They are starting to get a bit more cohesion with (former New Zealand) scrum-half Brendon Leonard making a big difference and providing more aggression at the base.
"I know how tough it will be because they have some quality players in that side that I have played with and against.
"We have to be on our guard but if we get our game right then we should be able to cope with whatever they throw at us and produce another strong home performance.
"Jason Tovey's been playing well and it was good to get a shot at Munster. I wasn't completely happy with my game and it wasn't the result or the performance we wanted.
"We defended a lot and didn't have much go-forward ball, there's a lot to work on but I'm sure we can put it right and get the win against Zebre.
"Hopefully I'll get another chance on Friday, if not starting then coming off the bench."