Having been pipped at the death by NEC Harlequins, Connacht are already in an awkward position in Pool 4 of the Challenge Cup, stuck behind 'Quins and leaders Bath, but winger Ted Robinson reckons they have nothing to fear against their English opponents.
Robinson came off the bench, replacing injury victim Matt Mostyn after ten minutes, in Friday's 19-18 defeat to 'Quins at the Sportsground.
In truth the result really should have gone Connacht's way - they had enough possession to take the tie but an injury-time penalty from Adrian Jarvis wrecked their hopes of a winning start.
An experienced European campaigner, with 24 caps now under his belt, Robinson feels Connacht can rightly compete with 'Quins and Bath, over the next five rounds of the pool stages.
He said: "Pound for pound, we're just as good as those Premiership sides."
"Maybe when we were two points ahead with ten minutes to go we should have closed them out more and played a bit smarter and down their end of the field.
"It's easier said than done. We're not headless chickens here - that's what we were trying to do, trying to get the go-forward ball and get in behind them, but they had a strong defence and got that last penalty and that's how close it was," Robinson admitted.
"That game could really have gone either way - it was a bounce of the ball for their try. We'll take this loss on the chin, take the positives and move forward to the Bath game."
Robinson led a last-gasp attack out of Connacht territory as the home side pressed for the match-winning score, but it proved too little, too late as referee Eric Darriere spotted an infringement.
"It was good go forward ball by us. A good break out (by Ray Ofisa), pass to (David) Gannon and back to me. A ruck at the end and they got the penalty - it was a close call but you've got to go with the ref and that's how close the game was - just the little decisions. Hopefully we'll get the measure of them over there at Harlequins."