Montpellier are the in-form team of the Top 14, a 25-0 mauling of Toulouse instilling confidence for this week's match against Perpignan.
Fabien Galthie's side sit second in the French league, one point adrift of European champions Toulon after their victory over the 19-time champions.
But their dismantling of Toulouse last weekend was a sign of what they are capable of.
Led by France flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo, who will miss the Perpignan match through injury, Montpellier offer a hard-nosed defence aligned with a willingness to run the ball, playmaker Francois Trinh-Duc seemingly regaining his best form outside irrepressible half-back partner Jonathan Pelissie.
"We've played some good matches which we've lost and we played a good match which we won," lock Thibaut Privat said after the victory over Toulouse, the first time the club had been held scoreless since 2008.
"It's incredible to maintain such an intensity against a team as physical as Toulouse," added assistant coach Mario Ledesma, the former Argentina hooker.
"If we keep that spirit, it's going to go very well."
Bankrolled by Syrian-born businessman Mohed Altrad, Montpellier's ranks will be further boosted with the arrival of destructive All Black flyer Rene Ranger, South African centre Robert Ebershon and Australian lock Sitaleki Timani.
Perpignan this week welcome back a raft of front-line players rested in last week's 19-16 defeat by Racing-Metro, for a third match in a tight eight or nine-day window.