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Balance crucial to getting Toulon result – Evans

Sale Sharks lock Bryn Evans has said that keeping the balance is crucial if his side are to get a result against Toulon on Friday night.

The Sharks host the French giants at the AJ Bell in the second round of the European Champions Cup, following a loss in the first round away at Scarlets.

“If you look at Toulon from one to 15 they’ve got big players across the park, so for us it’s just about keeping the balance.

“That means when the forwards have a chance to use the ball that we do that, and then when we give it to the backs they need to be on the front foot, and ready to take it forward.”

Sale return to the AJ Bell for the first time since overcoming Leicester Tigers by 34 points to 30, and Evans highlighted the importance of the home crowd.

“It’s massive for us. If we get a roll going, or the backs put a good number of phases together, they really pick up and it gives us that extra belief.

“It’s always great to play at home because we always get a good turn out, and we’re certainly looking forward to Friday.”

After losing to Scarlets in the Champions Cup opener, and seeing his side sit in seventh place in the Premiership after five games, the former All Black emphasised the need to iron out their inconsistencies.

“Obviously, we’re not happy with how we’ve been playing of late, and the most difficult thing is we’ve shown patches of really good play but it’s followed by some really mediocre play,” he explained.

“We’re looking to put a performance together that is consistent across the whole 80 minutes, whether that’s in the forwards or the back.

“We’ve taken a lot of positives from the games we’ve played so far, and not it’s all about looking to improve on that and taking small steps forward.”

This article was written for the Sale Sharks website, and the original post can be viewed here. Image credit to club photographer John Marfleet.

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