Harlequins boss Tabai Matson maintains his side are fully focused on the challenge that awaits as they prepare to tussle with Montpellier in the last 16 of the Champions Cup.

Quins will be looking to settle old scores with the French side to avenge their painful 26-19 defeat in the 2016 Challenge Cup final.

It will be Quins’ first knockout game in Europe’s premier competition since 2013 and they face a Montpellier side who sit first in the Top 14.

But coming off the back of a resounding 41-14 away victory over London Irish last weekend, Matson is relishing the opportunity ahead.

The 48-year-old said: “The Heineken Champions Cup is special and it means a lot to the Club especially this season.

“To be playing Montpellier, who are the best team in France, is a fantastic challenge and to play away from home in the first leg is going to be really interesting.”

Quins are unbeaten in this season’s Champions Cup and have won six out of their last ten trips to France, coming from behind earlier this term to beat Castres.

Montpellier boast a strong record at home, winning six of their nine previous games against English opposition in the European competition.

Matson, who has made just one change to the side that beat London Irish last time out as Louis Lynagh starts on the wing in place of Luke Northmore, added: “Last week, we spoke about shutting the door on the Premiership for the time being and now our full attention is on Europe.

“We’re off to play one of the best sides left in the competition – Montpellier have kicked the ball 50 times more than any other team in the Top 14 and clearly we want to run the ball an awful lot so it's going to be a real contrast of styles.

“This is what Europe is all about, it's about facing teams who play different to the way we want to play so it's a challenge we're all really looking forward to as a group."