Sale Sharks prop Ross Harrison says his team are taking steps in the right direction as they prepare to travel to Bristol in the Premiership.
The Sharks have lost their last three games, with two of those coming in the European Champions Cup, but they put up a spirited performance against RC Toulon which saw them narrowly miss out.
“If things had gone our way a bit more, we could’ve pushed them even further and that’s really positive,” the prop explained.
“It’s steps in the right direction. We’ve improved on things that we’ve fallen back on in the previous weeks, and it was more of a collective team effort.”
Sale travel to Ashton Gate to face a Bristol side that are yet to win since returning to the Premiership, but Harrison insists it’ll be a tough game.
“There’s never an easy game in the league,” said the 24 year old.
“Bristol are fresh up from the Championship and haven’t found their feet yet, but I’m sure they will. It’s not going to be an easy game and we’ll have to take them on up front, but also be clinical out wide and make sure we perform from one to 15.”
Harrison highlighted Bristol’s strength as their pack, but he says that training is going well and the Sharks will be ready to meet their forwards.
“We’ve both got strong packs, so we need to be ready for that. If we’re not, they can capitalise on that and they can make us pay, so it’s important we put everything in to it. The scrum is coming on well, and we need to keep that going.
“We need to front up and make sure we don’t slip up if we’re to come away with a result.”