SALE SHARKS are returning to the Aviva Premiership to face the reigning Champions, Saracens.
The sharks who are currently fifth in the Premiership table, haven’t won on their last two Aviva Premiership games at the AJ Bell Stadium, so will be looking to put that right on Sunday.
Sale face Saracens in the wake of a 26-11 defeat to Bristol in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, but the squad are keen to get back on track.
In the past five games between Sale and Saracens, Sale’s only victory came in February 2015, thanks to tries from Jonathan Mills and Sam Tuitupou, but Saracens’ last visit to the AJ Bell Stadium ended in a 36-36 draw.
Speaking of the tough challenge the squad will face this time around, Sharks forward, Josh Beaumont warned that the visitors are missing key players through injury or England duty.
“We’re currently sitting fifth in the table, which from the outside doesn’t look too bad, but we probably could have picked up a few wins. I mean there’s plenty to work on but the squad are really excited for the champions coming up to Sale on Sunday.
“Saracens are a tough team with such a big squad full of international players, we know we’re going to have to work hard for it. I’d say we can definitely outwork them, we’ve beaten them before at home, but I fully believe that we can get the result.”
In the last few games the Sharks have had players making their debuts such as Tom and Ben Curry, Lou Reed and rugby league transfer Josh Charnley. Beaumont gave his thoughts on advice he could give to the younger players of the squad, since his appearance for England RFU:
“When training with the England squad I feel like I’ve improved, I’ve certainly learned a lot and I hope to bring that back to Sale. I’ll offer advice to the younger ones about their game, but for them it’s about working hard, we have all come up through the academy system. I was in their shoes 3 years ago, so it’s about taking your opportunities when you can.”
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