Rob Webber has stressed the importance of dictating the game if Sale Sharks are to get a result against his old club Bath on the final day of the season.
Following the 41-18 away loss to Leicester Tigers, the 30-year-old front row forward insists he and his teammates must learn from their mistakes.
“It’s all about trying to play the game on our terms, playing on the front foot so we’re not having to absorb their big ball carriers wave after wave,” he explained.
“That’s what we got sucked in to doing at Leicester. We never got on the front foot, or not for long enough periods at least.
“If you get too bogged down in trying to stop them then you’ll come undone, because you’ll never fire a shot yourself.”
The hooker is also hoping for the perfect summer send off for both the home fans and Sale’s departing players, after what he admits has been a disappointing season.
“We always want to perform well at home, but this week it’s that little bit more important because it’s the last game in front of our fans before the summer and a few boys are leaving,” he explained.
“It’s a tough prospect because they’ll be all guns blazing trying to reach the top four, but we will desperately be trying to win.
“We must worry about ourselves, making sure we’re a lot more accurate and a lot more physical than we have been before. If we do that it’ll go a long way to negating Bath, whereas if we just worry about them, we’ll come unstuck.”
In the absence of Josh Beaumont, Webber stood in as captain against Leicester Tigers last weekend and packed down alongside debutant Diogo Ferreira, with whom he was impressed.
“It was brilliant for Diogo. He got on and gave a good account of himself so I’m really pleased for him,” said the ex-England international.
“He’d been playing university rugby up until a few weeks ago. He came in and was very diligent in the week, learnt everything he needed to and tried his hardest.
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