Ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Saracens, Sale Sharks flanker David Seymour admitted the home crowd can play a huge part in the outcome of the game.
The Sharks have only lost twice at home in the Premiership since April 2015, with both defeats coming at the hands of Gloucester.
“So far this year, the crowd has been amazing,” said Seymour.
“The whole atmosphere goes up a notch for these big games. Against Toulon we had a big crowd and the scenes there were incredible, so it will make a massive difference to us.”
Sale are looking to recover from a 26-11 loss away to Bristol in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, and the 32-year-old highlighted the need to atone for their errors in that game.
“The set piece wasn’t as dominant as we’d like it to be, and that has to change against a team like Saracens,” he explained.
“It’s been a long turn around, but it does give us an extra day or so to prepare, and preparation is crucial. You need to make sure everyone knows exactly what they’re doing against a team like that.”
This weekend sees the first of three fixtures against Saracens in the next month, with back-to-back Champions Cup games against the reigning Champions in the middle of December.
“They’ve been at the top for a number of years now, and that’s because they’re so consistent and that’s what every team strives for,” said the ex-Saracens flanker.
“Once we’ve played them three times in the coming month or so, we’ll know where we’re at, and it’ll be interesting to see how we fair against a team as consistent as them.
“That’s the challenge for us – to be consistent in everything we do and every game we play.”
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