Sale Sharks scrum-half Mike Phillips insists that his side must focus on themselves if they’re to progress in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
A semi-final spot awaits the Sharks if they achieve victory away at Harlequins on Friday and other results go their way, with Ospreys and Exeter Chiefs also vying for top spot on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the trip to London, Phillips has highlighted how important the Anglo-Welsh competition is to the club this season.
“Getting to the semi-final would be a great boost. We had a really bad run and you play rugby to win trophies,” he explained.
“It’s a top trophy and it’s a big opportunity for us, we just need to make the most of it now.”
But with two other clubs in contention for the same spot, Sale will have to wait almost 48 hours if they win to find out their fate in the competition.
When asked how players go about preparing for such an unusual occasion, the Welshman said it’s of paramount importance that players focus on their own game.
“It’s all about our mindset. There are a lot of teams involved so we just need to focus on ourselves more than anything,” said the 34-year-old.
“We have the advantage that we played Quins away from home not so long ago, so we know the surroundings and we played well that day.
“If we play to the best of our ability then I’m sure we can get the win.”
Sale are chasing a third consecutive victory, after a ten game barren spell that ran from November to January.
“We’re under no illusions that we played against a second Cardiff side, so we still have a lot of things to improve on. But at least we’re getting somewhere now.
“When you think back to Toulon away, there were a lot more positives than negatives in that game, even though we lost. That made us turn a corner and now we’re getting results as well as performances.”
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