Sale Sharks captain and England international Josh Beaumont says it’s away from home where his side can really make a difference this season.
Beaumont, son of former Lions captain Bill Beaumont, acknowledged that the side have to cut out basic errors if Sale are to push for any success.
In spite of losing their last five fixtures, Beaumont is aiming to target upcoming away fixtures in order to regain form for the side.
“It’s always tough on the road but this season we’ve tried to target a couple more wins than we have in the past,” Beaumont said with Sale facing Saracens at home this weekend in the European Champions Cup.
“We’ve obviously not been hitting our strides the last few weeks up against some very tough teams and hopefully that’s prepared us for what’s to come.
“It’s about cutting those basic errors out and being a bit smarter in the way we play rugby.”
The Friday before Christmas Sale travel to Northampton away in the Premiership then in the New Year they have crucial top-flight encounters against Bristol (home) and Harlequins (away) before four straight cup clashes.
Beaumont’s international call up has also exhibited that Sale must increase the intensity in training as well as the work rate at the club.
“The intensity and work rate has stepped up for England, so it would be good to bring that to Sale,” said Beaumont.
Beaumont highlighted the return of AJ MacGinty from injury and the performances of Josh Charnley as key to a potential Sale improvement in future.
The addition of new signing Denny Solomona after his switch from Super League’s Castleford Tigers could also prove pivotal if Beaumont’s Sale want to finish higher up the table.
“The most important thing is just to get AJ [MacGinty] playing every week. It’s tough for a guy who joined us late in pre-season and then picked up an injury straight away.
“He [Josh Charnley] works hard, he’s a big lad who’ll get us over the line and defensively he’s strong as well, so it’s up to the backline to utilise him as best as they can. Hopefully there’s much more to come from him.”
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