It was Danny Cipriani’s Aviva Premiership debut for Sale Sharks, and the worst possible start, but the England fly-half insists revenge is not on his mind as Exeter Chiefs come to town this Friday live on ESPN.
There have been signs of life recently however – two LV= Cup victories over Scarlets and London Wasps breathing new life into the Salford City Stadium outfit.
But 25-year-old Cipriani knows they need to start getting results on the board in the league, starting with Friday’s clash.
“I’ve personally not thought about revenge from the opening weekend, but just how much of a big game it is to us,” said Cipriani.
“You know about it, but you put it to one side because it’s one game and you can’t go into like that.
“At half-time last weekend [against Wasps], the players were all in control because we know what was going on, and we just needed a calm voice.
“The players provided that and it was quite player-dominated, which was good. This weekend we understand it’s a huge game, but we can’t go away from what we’ve been doing.”
Chiefs haven’t been on the best of runs either, but a run of seven games without a win in all competitions was ended with a 28-19 victory over Northampton Saints on Friday.
Their hopes of landing a play-off berth have been hindered by a three-game Aviva Premiership losing run but lock Aly Muldowney hopes to turn the corner against the Sharks.
“Obviously they’re battling for their lives and fighting against relegation, but they’ve just had a couple of good results and they will be gunning for us and targeting a win,” he said.
“They will be in a good place after their last couple of games, but it could be a good time to play them given our win at the weekend.
“They are a good team, but results just haven’t gone their way this season. We’ll need to be careful.
“We hope we can replicate the result earlier in the season, but this will be a different game altogether.”
Salford City Stadium (7.45pm)
Referee: Greg Garner (43rd Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Robin Goodliffe, Stuart Terheege. TMO: Trevor Fisher
Live on ESPN HD at 7:45pm