Former All Black Jeremy Thrush is the first to admit that Gloucester Rugby are still searching for their best form this season.
But considering they are into the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals and seventh in Aviva Premiership Rugby, only two points off the coveted top six – you could see that as a positive.
The next month will go a long way to deciding their season as the Cherry & Whites face clashes with Leicester Tigers, Harlequins and Saracens – sandwiched around a meeting with West Country rivals Bath Rugby.
And Thrush is hoping he and his teammates can find top gear when it counts – starting by welcoming the Tigers to Kingsholm this weekend.
“We are sitting alright in the table, we have not really blown anyone away with our form this year,” said the 30-year-old.
“There have been some frustrating games we know there are plenty of improvements still to be made in all areas
of our game.
“But that comes with more understanding, hopefully we can then be a bit more consistent.
“I suppose it is encouraging to know we are not satisfied with where we are. If we want to achieve our goals then we know we must improve.
“I wouldn’t say that we are not happy with where we are in the table, but we are definitely not comfortable and that shows an important bit of ambition.
“This is a big month for the club and it will show us where we are at. We know where we want to be and a run of hard games like this is exactly what we need and hopefully it will bring out our best.”
The former Hurricane is in his first season at Kingsholm and admits he is still adjusting to the northern hemisphere style of play.
And while his Super Rugby roots are hard to shake off, the lock insists he is enjoying the challenge up front for a tight five forward presented by Aviva Premiership Rugby.
“As a tight forward that does not really change too much. I would not say I have settled but I am understanding more and more of the way we want to play and the way the game is played over here,” he added.
“I am still trying to influence the coaches and get a bit more of the southern hemisphere style into the game.
“But like all things, it takes time and I am just enjoying the challenge.
“We had some wins in Europe, I’m not sure if you could call them good wins but wins help build confidence.
“It’s a big switch coming back into Aviva Premiership Rugby, this league is a different kettle of fish and probably at a higher level and that comes down to preparation.”