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Preview: Sale Sharks v Gloucester

Preview: Sale Sharks v Gloucester

Sale Sharks lock Nathan Hines insists he and his teammates are out for Aviva Premiership Rugby revenge against Gloucester Rugby on Sunday.

The Cherry & Whites beat Sale 34-27 at Kingsholm in round 2, and have not achieved a season's double over the Sharks since 2001/02.

The last time Gloucester were victorious on Sale's soil in Premiership Rugby came at Heywood Road in September 2001 but since that defeat Sale have impressed in the league and are pushing for a top-six finish.

And Hines insists his side have come on leaps and bounds since their early defeat at Kingsholm, even if they come into the clash at the AJ Bell Stadium on the back of two league defeats.

“Against Gloucester last time our scrum and lineout were woeful,” he said.

“We still did OK for most of the game but that’s the kind of thing we need to make sure we deliver individually.

“When we’ve got the possession we need then we can think about attacking the other team. But we need to look after our own back yard first and know our roles.

“If you’re not sure about things that are supposed to be happening on the field that creates uncertainty and then you lack a bit of confidence. You certainly need confidence going into these games.

“Since the last Gloucester match our lineout is more efficient. The last time we had a hooker there who had arrived three days earlier (Shalva Mamukashvili) and didn’t speak much English, so that didn’t contribute much to the lineout. It’s got a lot better since then.”

Meanwhile Gloucester’s only win in their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby matches was at home to London Welsh in round 15.

The Cherry & Whites have lost their last two away games in the competition since beating Exeter 26-25 at Sandy Park on 3rd January and Nick Wood knows his side have their work cut out for them.

"They're a tough team, they had a tough time a few years ago but went back to basics in a few areas and it's paid off,” he said.

"They deserve their position in the league. They are very cohesive and as a mauling and scrummaging side they are one of the best in the league

"But we have frustrations to carry on from the Northampton Saints game which we should have won and possible with five points.

"We have to play like that for 80 minutes to give ourselves the best chance on Sunday. We have raised our game to a new level and now we have to sustain it."

AJ Bell Stadium, 2pm
Live on BT Sport

Referee: Matthew Carley (27th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Robin Goodliffe and Ashley Rowden. TMO: David Grashoff.

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