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Exeter result crucial says Phillips

Sale Sharks scrum-half Mike Phillips has said the side have a lot riding on Friday’s game against Exeter Chiefs.

The Sharks host the Devon side at the AJ Bell live on BT Sport, and are looking to bounce back from three consecutive losses.

“Every game is massive for us, but this week in particular because of what’s happened over the past three weeks,” explained the former-Wales international.

“We’re facing a top side in Exeter, and we have to put things right. It’s a must win game and there is a lot riding on it.”

Last week saw Sale lose out 34-24 to Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, and Phillips spoke about his team’s errors.

“All year we’ve been patchy, but we’ve put some good stuff together and we did that in the second half.

“But if you have lapses of concentration against a good side like that, they’re going to put the points on you. It was really disappointing.”

However, the 34-year-old is relishing his partnership with fly-half AJ MacGinty, who has been making his return from injury over the past few weeks.

“It’s important to have consistency at half-back because it’s one of the most vital positions on the field,” he explained.

“It’s great having AJ back, and he’s been playing really well and improving each week.”

Despite a recent run of bad results, the Welshman insists that the Sharks are not far from everything clicking in to place as the midway point of the season approaches.

“We’re not far off the money, it’s just making those little adjustments. We really need to nail down those basic points.

“We’ve trained well all week, but that doesn’t matter if we don’t deliver on Friday. That’s where it counts.”

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

 

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