Mark Cueto insists all the pressure is on Saracens ahead of Sale Sharks’ trip to Vicarage Road, with the wing hopeful his side can fly under the radar and cause an Aviva Premiership upset.
Sale head to Watford in high spirits since they doubled their tally of Aviva Premiership wins to two with victory of Worcester Warriors last time out.
But they take on a Saracens side flying high again this campaign, heading into this weekend’s round of matches sitting second in table and only losing once in their last eight games.
And when you consider that Sale last won away in the league in December 2011, and have won just once at Vicarage Road in 17 attempts, then the result would appear to be a foregone conclusion.
But Sale wing Cueto doesn’t mind his side being counted out before the game has even kicked off, adamant the Sharks can fly under the radar and upset the 2011 champions.
“We had them at home and I think we were ahead with about five or ten minutes to go and they ended up scoring a try to win the game in that final five or ten minutes and that’s the way it is. They’re a top team, they don’t play a huge amount of rugby but they’re clinical,” he said.
“They’re tight in the defence, they’re tight in the way they manage the game and with the field position they put you under a lot of pressure and try to squeeze penalties out of you. And with Ashton and Strettle, they have guys like this who can finish so they’re a tough side.
“It’ll be tough going down this week, but we’ve got nothing to lose. It’s a home game for them and the pressures on them to stay in that top two.
“They’ll definitely want a home semi-final come the end of the season. No one will expect us to go down there and win so if we play like we did last week and stay strong in our defence like we did, we can get a result down there.”
After this fixture both sides will turn their attentions towards cup commitments, with Saracens set for tough Heineken Cup clashes against Racing Metro and Edinburgh.
And despite being on a good run of form, wing David Strettle is calling for more of the same to carry this hot streak across to the European stage.
"For ourselves we just need to concentrate on what comes next and making sure we continue our form all the way through into the Heineken Cup,” he said.
"We're pleased with where we are at the moment but we know we are only half-way through and we've got to maintain it."
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (58th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton, Andrew Watson.