Sale Sharks’ forward Cameron Neild has emphasised the importance of consistency if his side are to achieve their goals this season.
The Sharks travel to Coventry to face a Wasps side that sit third in the Aviva Premiership, one week after losing to what the Englishman described as “Saracens’ second side.”
“Everyone is trying to stay positive, we’re disappointed to have lost but now we need to go to Wasps and get a result,” said the 22-year-old.
“I think we fluctuate week to week, which isn’t a good thing because we want to be more consistent, but hopefully we can come away from the Ricoh Arena with a win and that’ll put us back on track.”
With two more Premiership games until the next European Champions Cup fixtures, and a number of teams missing players through the autumn internationals, Neild highlighted it as being a crucial part of the season.
“This part of the season is essential, it’s make or break,” he insisted.
“When you come up against these big teams, especially when the international games are on, you need to get results in. We can’t achieve our goal if we don’t do that.”
Speaking after the home loss to Saracens, Director of Rugby Steve Diamond noted that Sale’s lineout drive never got going, but Neild insists they must stick with what they know best this weekend.
“The maul didn’t go to plan last weekend but we’ve got to stick with it because it’s proved in the past, game after game, that it does work,” he said.
“Just because it doesn’t work one week doesn’t mean we should leave the beaten path. We need to use what we’re good at to our advantage, and the driving maul will come good this weekend.”
Following their impressive start to the season, Wasps haven’t secured back-to-back wins since the first weekend of October, and are coming off the back of a 36-18 loss against Gloucester.
Despite the Coventry side losing several players to international duty, Neild says it is a dangerous time to be facing them following their indifferent form of late.
“It is dangerous, they’re going to come at us all guns blazing,” he explained.
“We’ll be doing everything we can to prepare this week. We went out this morning and had a very physical session, and that’s what we aim to bring to Wasps this weekend.”