Connacht may still be bottom of the Magners League but they have struck up a rich vein of form in recent weeks, culminating in last Saturday's superb Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Bourgoin.
Head coach Michael Bradley has been pleased with what he has seen from the players and more of the same will be required if they are to extended their unbeaten home run to nine matches this weekend.
"The most important thing is there is a lot of confidence and there is a good reason. It's mainly due to the fact that the side is maturing, taking responsibility, that's what happens when sides evolve," he said.
Last season saw Connacht make history as they beat Munster for the first time since 1986, and they will be doubly determined to be victorious on Sunday as they look to close the gap on eighth-placed Ulster.
As the two provinces battle it out to gain Heineken Cup qualifications, Bradley's charges are now just four points behind Brian McLaughlin's Ulster side and have the benefit of a game-in-hand - they host Leinster in their refixed clash next Wednesday.
Bradley added: "Ulster will have played two matches before we play Munster, so down the way we know what requirements are necessary and whether it's possible or not to catch them in the Magners, and that will have a probably have a bearing on the approach.
CONNACHT (v Munster): Gavin Duffy; Troy Nathan, Niva Ta'auso, Keith Matthews, Fionn Carr; Ian Keatley, Frank Murphy; Brett Wilkinson, Sean Cronin, Jamie Hagan, Michael Swift, Bernie Upton, John Muldoon (capt), Johnny O'Connor, George Naoupu.
Replacements: Adrian Flavin, Ronan Loughney, Michael McCarthy, Mike McComish, Conor O'Loughlin, Miah Nikora, Aidan Wynne.