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Leota looking forward to Premiership return

Johnny Leota is looking forward to returning to Premiership action as Sale Sharks travel to Bristol on Sunday.

The Sharks last two outings have been in the European Champions Cup, and Sharks now face two Anglo-Welsh Cup games after facing Bristol.

“I think the Premiership is most important and it’s what we pride ourselves on as a club,” he revealed.

“Obviously we’re aiming for that top four, so in order for us to do that we have to put the Premiership first and then whatever happens after that, happens.”

The centre has been suspended since the Sharks visited Bath, but has been impressed with the team’s performances in Europe.

“I thought the boys did really well against Toulon, and when they put the phases together and the team plan, we really troubled them,” he said.

“It fills me with confidence. Toulon are one of the best teams in Europe so if we can compete with them, we can compete with anyone.”

Sale face a Bristol side that have been rooted to the bottom of the Premiership since their promotion, but the Samoan international insists it will be a tough challenge.

“Bristol are one of those teams that if they play well, they can challenge anyone. They were down 19-0 against Newcastle and brought it back to within four points, which shows they’ve got a bit of fight about them.

“But if we focus on ourselves and putting our game plan together, we can trouble them in the important areas and come away with a result.”

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

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