Connacht attack coach Pete Wilkins has warned his players that they will need to maintain the standards set in their win over Munster to avoid slipping up against Benetton this weekend.

The Westerners head to Treviso on Saturday for their first Pro 14 Rainbow Cup clash since edging out the hosts at Thomond.

Benetton didn't win a game in 16 regular season games but are 3/3 in this competition, having thumped Glasgow and gotten the better of Italian rivals Zebre twice this month.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Wilkins said of Benetton: "They would be disappointed with where they finished in the conference and results-wise (in the Pro14) but they've got their act together and played some really exciting rugby as well.

"The capacity to play has always been there. They are a threat and we'll have to be on our mettle in order to deliver.

"It's one thing going away to Munster and knowing you need to front up physically and mentally in defence… and another being able to generate that with a bit more intrinsic motivation going away to Italy.

"It will be required. They are playing well and have found some form."

Connacht will welcome back Bundee Aki following his four-game suspension for a red card during the Six Nations.

Wilkins says Ireland international and Lions pick Aki is "chomping at the bit" ahead of his return.

The 31-year-old’s physicality will be needed at the weekend.

"With Benetton and Zebre you get big physical men who want to carry hard," said Wilkins.

"Garbisi at 10 is playing the best rugby of his young career. He's quick and physical with the ability to create and kick long.

"If we show up with anything less than that level of belligerence (shown against Munster) they are exactly the type of outfit that can find you out."