Tom Willis reckons Newport Gwent Dragons can hit the heights and break into the top four of the Magners League.
Munster, reigning champions Leinster and the Ospreys lead the way at the top but seven points covers the next six teams in the table.
Now Dragons skipper Willis believes his team-mates can still catch fourth-placed Edinburgh with victory over basement club Connacht on Friday night.
Willis said: "It is a very congested mid-table and that is why this match is such an important game. We go into games as a team and don't want to fall off the pace. We are already looking at the fixtures and there is no reason why we cannot move up the table."
Paul Turner's men welcome back Wales' Luke Charteris and promising youngster Jason Tovey from international duty for the trip to Galway.
And Kiwi star hooker Willis denies the absence of players has hurt their chances during the Six Nations break. He said: "I wouldn't say there have been lots of disruptions due to the Six Nations.
"We have only had one international and one under-20 international away so we have had far less disruptions than other clubs. Not that this concerns us, as we are just concerned about building an effective unit."
Willis hopes his experience of playing in the southern hemisphere will rub off on the young members of the Dragons squad.
But the 29-year-old insists he is ready for the Dragons' end-of-season run-in. "If I feel like I need a breather the coaches are pretty receptive to it. For example, I only played half the game in the friendly against the Scarlets last week.
"Some of the boys moan about sore calves, sore shins, but I'd take this any day of the week. The general standard of the grounds is better here than in New Zealand."
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.