Munster’s win in Ulster last weekend couldn’t have come at a better time as they get ready to play Top 14 title holders Stade Francais in the Champions Cup.

Anthony Foley’s men stand on five points in Pool 4 with just one win from three games; Stade have 10 points with Leicester sitting pretty on 18.

The sides meet on Saturday at 4.45pm at the Stade Jean Bouin after the original fixture was postponed in the wake of the Paris terror attacks in November.

Before the 9-7 Triumph in Belfast, Munster slumped to five defeats in a row and flanker CJ Stander admitted that the hard-fought win provided a huge boost as they bid to hang on in the elite European competition.

He told RTÉ Sport: “We took a lot of confidence but we know this job at hand this week is going to be massive.

“We have to win the next few weeks in Europe, otherwise we’re going to be out of it and everyone knows that.

“If we don’t win this week, we don’t have a chance in Europe"

“Coming up against a team like this you have to be the best - you can’t make small mistakes.”

Ireland back Keith Earls was of the same opinion.

“If we don’t win this week, we don’t have a chance in Europe so our main focus is this weekend,” he said.

“It’s the Top 14 champions, a good side. It’s just all about getting the win so our season can go on a week longer in Europe.”