Mark Jennings has said he is looking forward to coming up against some familiar faces at Wasps, but that his focus is entirely on getting a result.
Ex-Sharks players Tommy Taylor and Danny Cipriani are set to make their first appearances against Sale since leaving for Wasps in the summer.
“We know them well, but that works both ways,” explained Jennings.
“It’s good that we know how Cipriani plays and how he makes them tick, so that is something we can use. We’re doing our analysis so that we can pick holes in their team, which we’ll need to do to come away with something.”
The Sharks have already defeated Wasps once this season, in a 17-13 Anglo-Welsh Cup victory at the AJ Bell Stadium in October.
Jennings scored a try in that match, and although it saw both teams packed with youth, the centre insists that it only shows how well equipped Wasps are.
“We’ve watched some clips from that game and they played with the same structure and patterns, even though it was a weakened side,” said the 23-year-old.
“But it’s a different prospect in the Premiership. They’re missing players on international duty but that Cup game showed they have the strength in depth to deal with that.”
Sale are coming off the back of a 28-13 home defeat to Premiership leaders Saracens, which Jennings revealed was heavily disappointing.
“We worked on a lot of things in training and they didn’t come off. We’ve had a meeting, people have held their hands up but now our focus is entirely on Wasps.”
“Wasps are making the Ricoh Arena in to a fortress. They’ve come a long way already this season so it will be a tough game.”