Sale enforcer Jonathan Mills says the Sharks’ next three Premiership games could help define what promises to be their most exciting season in years.
Buoyed by last Friday’s Amlin Cup rout over Oyonnax, Sale revert to league combat this Friday with a crucial home clash against London Irish.
That’s followed by trips to Leicester and Newcastle over the festive and New Year period.
And Mills says that he and his colleagues are ready to up the ante as they gear up for the second half of the campaign.
“Friday is the start of three crucial Premiership games for us,” declared the former London Welsh skipper.
“And if we can win two out of those three games it will really set the season up for us on the back of our Amlin Cup win against Oyonnax last week.
“We’ve also got the LV= Cup to look forward to in January where we are handily placed so it’s exciting times and we’re all loving it right now. We’re involved in every competition and that means every match is meaningful and important.”
Sale are currently in eighth place in what is a tightly congested table but could rise to sixth with a win at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday.
And second row star Mills, who has made a huge impact at Sale since joining the club from London Welsh in the summer, says it could and should have been even better for Steve Diamond’s side.
“Looking at the table we should be kicking ourselves given some of the games that we have lost,” Mills added.
“To lose at home to both Newcastle and Exeter was so frustrating. They didn’t have to do very much to win the game other than slot over penalties rather than score tries.
“Now looking at the table it’s almost as if it’s splitting into three different groups. We’re in that middle group where there’s us Exeter, Wasps and we’re all trying to get that sixth place. So it’s exciting times. We want to be in that scrap for sixth even though it might mean nothing come next season given we don’t know what’s going to happen with the Heineken and Amlin Cups next season.
“That’s out of our hands. All we can do is concentrate on the pitch.”
- Original article By Neil Leigh 17 Dec 2013 08:51http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/sale-sharks-jonathan-mills-issues-6412321