The Dragons go into the match as the only Welsh region with a Heineken Cup victory this season - and they know a loss to the powerful French side will be a huge blow to their country's hopes of having a team in the last eight.
If all four of the Welsh regions fail to qualify for the knock-out stages it would be the first time Wales have missed out on a place in the quarter-finals in the 10-year history of the tournament.
"If we lose, it's going to be tough to qualify," Anderson admitted. "It would mean we have to go to Perpignan and win and also beat Newcastle up there - and then hope the other results go our way."
The former Australian rugby league coach says his side have to compete up front on Saturday, or they'll come second to a Perpignan side renowned for its powerful pack.
"I've seen a bit of Perpignan on video and they're a fair side," Anderson said. "They have a big, strong pack of forwards and there will be plenty of intensity in the match. I've seen a bit of their fly-half Manny Edmonds in Australia and he's a fair player.
"We know that if we can match them up front, we've got the firepower out wide to do some damage and score some tries."
The Dragons have slipped to fourth in the Celtic League after three losses on the bounce, and Anderson can't wait to get his international players back on board.
Wales players Gareth Cooper, Luke Charteris, Ceri Sweeney, Hal Luscombe, Steve Jones, Kevin Morgan and Michael Owen have all been in camp during the autumn Test series, while Springbok star Percy Montgomery has also been on international duty.
"It's been a good challenge lately, but it's a bit tough playing against sides with a lot of Australians and South Africans in there," Anderson said. "It's a real test of your playing depth, but we had chances to win all three of those games.
"It'll be good to see the Wales blokes again. I haven't seen them this week yet, but it looks like the only injury concern is Luke Charteris."
The sky-scraping second-rower injured a toe in his Test debut against South Africa earlier this month, but is on the road to recovery.
"I'd like to have Luke if we could - he's a good athlete. He has a lot of promise, but needs to get some consistent rugby into him."
Anderson is counting on the Dragons' 16th man - a packed Rodney Parade - to give his side a boost.
"We should get a good crowd," he said. "It's an important game and it's going to be a good game."
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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