Sale Sharks smell blood as they travel to wounded Gloucester for Premiership round two

Sale Sharks will be looking to secure their first win of the season as they travel to a Gloucester side smarting from their heaviest Premiership defeat to Northampton last time out.

Scrum half Chris Cusiter, who made his debut last week, stressed the importance of not underestimating Gloucester, especially at home.

“We know Gloucester, having conceded 50 points, will be desperate to go back home and put on a good performance,” he told MM.

“We’ll have to cope with that and the pressure at Kingsholm, but it’ll be a great occasion.

“They’ll be disappointed as we were with last week’s performance, so both teams will be desperately looking for a win.”

The Sharks lost narrowly at home in the season opener to Bath with captain Dan Braid and veteran winger Mark Cueto suffering injuries ruling them out of Saturday’s match.

David Seymour will deputise as captain while Marc Jones is set to make his 100th Premiership appearance in the game.

There could also be a debut from the bench for Georgian hooker Shalva Mamukashvili.

Full back Luke McLean, another who made his competitive debut against Bath, echoed Cusiter’s determination to win and also showed healthy respect for the opposition.

“I expect Sale to be better than last weekend that’s the objective, just to keep working week in week out and slowly improve,” he told MM.

“It’ll be a packed stadium, I’m sure all their fans will want to go there for the opening game of the season, so we know it’s going to be a very tough game.”

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