The battle at the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table is so tight at the moment that even a solitary bonus point could end up making all the difference come the final reckoning.
And Sale Sharks winger Tom Brady admits he and his teammates will be leaving no stone unturned, starting this weekend with their trip to London Welsh, to ensure they come out on the right side of the ledger at the season’s end.
The Sharks currently sit eighth in the table but are only five points behind Saracens who sit in third so a bonus-point win over London Welsh would in all likelihood catapult them back into the top six.
And Brady, who has three tries in his eight league appearances this season, is hoping he and his teammates can repeat their top six finish of last season.
“We’re looking forward to having the pressure back on in this block of four games,” he said.
“Our big focus this whole year has been the Premiership and now we’re in touching distance, it’s very compressed at the top of the table. It’s so tight that bonus points will be a factor come the end of the season.
“We’ve got a good opportunity this weekend as long as we’re good enough. Our focus lately has been to rest the bodies up and we’ve got what we wanted out of that, so now it’s time to switch back to game mode.
“The last three weeks, the focus has been on getting ourselves right for this block of four games so we put a pretty strong side out against Llanelli. We got what we wanted out of it.
“We need to take a step up from there coming into London Welsh and then the next three games after that.”
The Sharks beat Northampton Saints in the last league game before the break for Europe and the LV= Cup so confidence is high.
And Brady is hoping he and his teammates can make the most of international absentees amongst their fellow play-off chasers to climb the table.
“We know we can compete with any team especially on our home ground and put pressure on other sides, but again it’s just about maintaining that 80 minute performance,” he added.
“We know we can do it though, by how we beat Northampton.
“We keep most of our guys during the internationals. And while it’s great for Cips (Danny Cipriani) being promoted it’s difficult for us losing a player like that.”
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