Leicester’s Ed Slater remains convinced that their next opponents Sale Sharks will come good this season but the lock insists it will not be against the Tigers on Friday.
The Tigers travel to the Salford City Stadium to take on a Sharks team that are yet to win in the Aviva Premiership this season, having suffered five successive defeats so far.
On top of that the home side have not beaten Leicester in over three years meaning that their search for their maiden win of the season looks likely to continue after Friday’s clash.
But Slater insists that he and his Tigers teammates will not be complacent in the slightest as they look to continue their return to winning ways in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
“Sale are going to be looking for their first win more than ever with this the last game before the European break so we have to be wary of a reaction,” he said.
“Although they haven’t been at their best so far this season and haven’t won I honestly don’t think they are far off clicking at some point.
“So it is up to us to keep that intensity high to make sure that it doesn’t all click against us. We need to keep an eye on every detail and ensure we get the job done or risk handing them a first win.”
The Tigers bounced back from their home defeat to Quins with a comfortable 30-8 win over Exeter Chiefs last time out and have only lost once away from home in the Premiership in the last year.
And Sharks head coach Bryan Redpath admits that his side face an uphill battle to put an end to their six-game skid in the Aviva Premiership that stretches back to the final game of last season.
“It’s a massive challenge for us again. Obviously everyone has been bitterly disappointed with how the season has gone so far and quite rightly a lot of people are asking questions of us,” he said.
“Friday night is a big game against a top, top side in Leicester so we have to front up.
“The performance in the last home game against London Welsh was unacceptable so Friday allows us the chance to get back on track.”
Referee: Wayne Barnes (110th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Stuart Terheege, Alan Hughes. TMO: Trevor Fisher
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