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Preview: Wasps v Sale Sharks

Preview: Wasps v Sale Sharks

Wasps cemented their place in Aviva Premiership Rugby’s top four last weekend as they saw off fellow play-off hopefuls Leicester Tigers in Coventry, but Simon McIntyre admits they will have revenge on their mind when Sale Sharks come to town this weekend.

Wasps only defeat since they went down at Sale on January 2nd was at Gloucester Rugby in round 15, while they have won their last five encounters at the Ricoh Arena in all tournaments.

And while they are most certainly the form team presently in Aviva Premiership Rugby, prop McIntyre insists there is no way they will be taking their opponents for granted following the unwanted reverse at the AJ Bell Stadium.

“Sale is always a tough game,” he said. “We lost against them up in Manchester in what was a miserable day and we will be looking to set the record straight.

“We need to win to stay where we are in the table and we all want to do well for that reason.

“Yes, they will want to win too and there are no easy games in Aviva Premiership Rugby these days but hopefully that desire to stay in the hunt can give us an edge.

“The Gloucester defeat was tough to take and on another day it could have perhaps been different.

“But it was great to get back to winning ways against a good Leicester team and now it is about being consistent right up until the end of the season.

“It really is week-by-week now and next up is Sale we aren’t looking beyond that.”

Sale’s only victory in their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures was 29-23 at home to Harlequins in round 15.

And while their form at home this season has been prolific, they have won just once on the road this season, but Cameron Neild has called on his side to forget the form book as they look to upset Wasps.

“We’ve been playing some very good rugby recently,” he said. “Our attack and defence are both looking pretty good.

“Everyone is enjoying the run that we’ve been on and we just need to make sure we can keep that going now for the last six or seven games now till the end of the season and push on as far up the table as we can possibly go.

“It’s very important to us. As a team we see ourselves pushing for the top six and top four and the next couple of games are crucial to us.

“Every week is a cup final from now till the end of the season. It means a lot to us to go out against Wasps this weekend and get a result.”

(Ricoh Arena, 2pm)
Dean Richards (87th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton & Andy Watson. TMO: Sean Davey.

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