Speaking after Friday night’s disappointing home result against Exeter Chiefs, Sale Sharks captain Josh Beaumont has called for his side to take a “long, hard look in the mirror.”
The Sharks lost 21-3 at the AJ Bell Stadium, with AJ MacGinty’s first half penalty the only score to show for their efforts.
“It’s bitterly disappointing. We worked on a lot of things in the week that we wanted to take on to the pitch, and didn’t,” said the 23-year-old.
“There was a lot of kicking because we both wanted to win the territory battle, and we didn’t want to play too much rugby in our own half. We wanted to exit well and put the pressure on them, but we didn’t do that well enough.”
The loss took Sale to four consecutive games without victory, but Beaumont stressed the need for his side to face their next challenge head on.
“It happens to a lot of teams and it’s up to us to come back on Monday with a different attitude, because we need to do something different,” he explained.
“That starts with the players, as well as coaches, and we all need to work together to turn this around. We need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and come out swinging on Saturday.”
Next up, the Sharks travel to Allianz Park to face current holders Saracens in a European Champions Cup tie, and Beamount admits there’s no bigger test.
“We’ve only just played them so we know what they’re all about. But, they are champions of Europe so there’s no bigger test.
“The next two weeks gives us a chance to regain our form away from the Premiership. We just need to cut our silly errors out and then we can get some momentum going in to the next set of League fixtures.”