Jones having sleepless nights over Sale’s fate

Sale Sharks boss Kingsley Jones says that he is desperate for his team to avoid going to Harlequins on the last day of the season still having to secure their Guinness Premiership survival.

The Edgeley Park based team have slipped to the bottom of the Premiership table after losing their last eight matches.

They do however have seven games remaining and four of them are at home and the Sale director of rugby says that he and his players are still confident that they can turn their situation around particularly as two of their home games are against fellow Premiership strugglers Worcester and Newcastle.

Jones does however admit that the thought of traveling to the Stoop with Sale’s fate in the Premiership hanging in the balance gives him sleepless nights.

“It chills my spine to be thinking we would have to go to Quins with our Premiership status still not secure,” Jones admitted.

“The thought of listening for news of games elsewhere while we fight for our lives doesn’t bear thinking about.

“That whole scenario would be a nightmare.” he told the Manchester Evening News.

“But we’ve still got seven games to go and I think if we got three wins from those matches and still got relegated then we’d be unlucky.

“But we’re certainly aiming for far more than three wins.

“A lot of those games are effectively eight-point games which is significant. A lot of the other teams around us play each other.

“We’re not sitting here targeting any games as such. Our focus is totally on Wasps a week on Friday as I think that will shape the rest of our season.

“But the games that stand out for us, are the fixtures against Worcester and Newcastle at home.

“Though we’ve slipped up at home a few times, ultimately we always try to target our home games as a priority and we’ve got to get back to making it tough to come to Edgeley Park and we want to start doing that against Wasps.

“We’ve got to raise the standard we set in the second-half against Northampton and if we do that it should be good enough to beat a lot of sides.

“All the players are really positive and they are still totally dedicated and believe we will get us out of this situation.

“They also know there is quality coming back before the end of the season with Mark Cueto and Mathew Tait coming back from England duty.

“After Wasps we’ve got a run of four games where I believe we can win them all.

“We have to have that belief but we have to have a fear of failure too.”

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