Sale Sharks captain Josh Beaumont is determined to restore his side’s pride in their final match of the season against Bath.
The West Country side visit the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday, and need a bonus point victory to keep their chances of a top four finish alive, while Leicester Tigers travel to Worcester Warriors.
They have it all to play for, but so do the Sharks according to Beaumont.
“A lot has been said about Bath and what they’ve got to play for, but we’ve got a lot to play for too with it being at home,” he said.
“We’ve had a couple of disappointing performances at home this year. We want to be proud of what we’ve achieved at home over the past two or three years so we want to restore some of that pride.
“There’s no better way to do that than with the challenge of Bath, so we’re just looking to go out there and get a win and we want to deny them that fourth spot.”
The 24-year-old forward was not involved at Welford Road last weekend, but is set for a return to the team for the season finale.
Having analysed the game against the Tigers with his side, Beaumont insists he’ll be back in the fold in the hope of pushing his side to a victory.
“It’s just a reoccurring shoulder injury from midway through the season, so I’ve just got to keep on top of it and not risk it, but as of now I’ll be fit for the weekend,” he explained.
“We need to learn from what went wrong at Leicester, hold on to the ball a bitter better and make sure we improve defensively. Unforced errors cost you in this league, and when we make error after error it turns into points.
“It’ll be a tough game. We know they need a bonus point so they’ll be looking to play attacking rugby and hopefully that’ll open up opportunities for us.”
Bath visit the AJ Bell Stadium with three of this summer’s British and Irish Lions among their squad, with Taulupe Faletau in particularly hot form.
Despite the backrow forward scoring a hat-trick in their game against Gloucester last weekend, Beaumont admits his side cannot afford to focus on individuals.
“He played for Newport Gwent Dragons against us last year, so I’ve faced him before but we can’t focus on just him,” he said.
“Bath are a very good team and I respect [Faletau], he’s a good player. But, as a group of forwards, we’ll look to try and put them on the back foot at the set piece and impose our physicality.”
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