Chris Wyles admits Saracens will face a London Wasps side on Sunday that bears no resemblance to the team that narrowly avoided relegation from the Aviva Premiership last season.
But the American back insists he and his teammates will still be looking to prove their title credentials by making their London rivals pay at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
Saracens are currently on a fantastic run of form, a 14-12 defeat to Exeter in September their only defeat so far this campaign.
On top of that Mark McCall’s side have only lost once in the last two years at Vicarage Road making the challenge Wasps face this weekend in front of the ESPN cameras all the more daunting.
But despite their fantastic recent form, Wyles is adamant Sarries will be taking nothing for granted on Sunday.
“Wasps have been playing really well this season and look a far more confident side than the one that struggled last year,” he said.
“They are on a good run of form and have picked up a few wins on the bounce and will no doubt be a tough challenge.
“But we have been on a good run of our own with two very good wins in the Heineken Cup and stringing together some good wins in the Premiership – including a good win at Northampton which was a massive win for us.
“So we are well prepared and the result will give us a good indication of where we are at ahead of having some people missing for international duty.”
Wasps have won four successive matches in all competitions, their best run since December 2010 but have lost their last ten away games in the Premiership since they beat Worcester 14-12 at Sixways on 28 October 2011 – their worst away run in Premiership history.
But fly-half Nicky Robinson is already looking forward to the challenge of pitting themselves against what is, on current form, the top side in English rugby.
“Saracens will be a fantastic test for us,” he said.
“It’s a challenge we are relishing but we know that we have to be much better against them than we were against London Welsh last time out.
“We did not do the basic things right and the set-piece was a real struggle for us at times but games like Saracens are the sort of challenges we want to be involved with.
“Their defence is fantastic, I think they’ve only conceded about five tries all season which speaks for itself but hopefully we can cause them some problems.”
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce, Kevin Stewart. TMO: David Grashoff.
(Vicarage Road, 2pm) Live on ESPN HD