Tom Arscott has highlighted the need for Sale Sharks to focus on their own game if they’re to get their season back on track.
The Sharks are looking for their first win since the beginning of November, and the wing knows it is down to the players to turn their fortunes around.
“We know Exeter very well because we’ve played them numerous times over the past few years, so this week is all about ourselves.
“We’ve not won for a number of weeks now so we need to focus on putting a performance in, rather than looking at where other teams are at. We’ve still done our analysis but we need to be smart, work a good field position and attack when the opportunity arises.”
Sale’s last Premiership win came away to Bristol in October, before their Anglo-Welsh Cup win against Wasps was succeeded by three consecutive losses.
“This is a sport that momentum has a big impact on,” explained the 29-year-old.
“You find some teams win a couple and keep that going, and others losing a couple and really struggling to find that next win. This is a massive game against Exeter, and we really need to impress.
Arscott is making his first Premiership start on Friday night since returning from a long injury spell, and revealed his relief at being back in the picture.
“I’m really pleased to be back in that starting fifteen,” he said.
“I’ve have a few Anglo-Welsh Cup appearances, and some off the bench in the Premiership, but this is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Now, I just need to take it and perform well for the rest of the boys.”
Ahead of the clash, the team have spent time training at Manchester City’s training complex, a move which Arscott says should help the Sharks put together a fine display of attacking rugby.
“Training at Manchester City gives us the chance to get some skill work done on a decent track,” he said.
“It’s indoors so there are no excuses – no muddy ball, no wet ball. It means we improve our accuracy and our attacking play, and now we need to transfer that in to our games.”