In this weeks edition of Carnegie Call, Leeds Carnegie Head Coach Neil Back looks ahead to this Friday’s trip to Sale Sharks.
HOW HAVE PREPARATIONS GONE THIS WEEK?
We gave the players some time off at the back end of last week and they appear to have really benefitted from the rest. Everyone came back in at the start of the week with a spring in their step and we are looking forward to going to Sale this week.
We are pleased to have Steve Thompson and Hendre Fourie back with us on a full time basis after the Six Nations and we have got a few guys back from injury who missed our last game against Northampton.
HOW ARE YOU APPROACHING THIS GAME?
Last season we had a crucial win at Sale at a key time for us in the season and it really helped our momentum in the second half of the season and we will be looking for a similar performance on Friday night. We now have three massive games in the coming weeks to keep our destiny in our own hands and that is how we are approaching Friday’s game.
Sale are a very strong side with internationals across their team. I am sure, like ourselves, they are disappointed to find themselves at the wrong end of the table. However, we know that we can not focus on what has already happened this season, we need to look forward and that is what we have been doing.
HOW IS YOU SQUAD SHAPING UP?
We are in a fortunate position at this time of year to have a number of players coming back from injury to give us lots of competition for places. With Steve Thompson back at hooker, Scott Freer will start off the bench whilst Lee Blackett has overcome the injury he had recently which means we can move Henry Fa’afili back into the centres with Scott Barrow ruled out for a hernia operation.
With players returning from injury, we are able to get some consistency with our team selection and that is important at this time of year.