Leicester fly-half Freddie Burns admits the Tigers will “have to be switched on” when they face Sale playmaker Danny Cipriani on Saturday.
Cipriani, who has been in good form this season while Burns has been forced to make do with bench duty, is pushing hard for a Test recall.
And Burns has warned his team-mates ahead of their weekend clash at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford to be on high alert against his threat.
“Danny is playing extremely well this year and the Sale pack has helped him massively with the way that they have got on top of most teams,” he told the Leicester Mercury.
“We all know about Danny and the way he plays. He has got a lot of tricks but he is also a very smart rugby player.
“We are going to have to be switched on when it comes to him.
“They have got two abrasive centres in Johnny Leota and Sam Tuitupou who are not afraid of confrontation on the gain line. ‘Cips’ will sit in the pocket and pull the strings, which he has done really well.
“We know we cannot go into a game like this just focusing on one man but, like most 10s in the Premiership, he is key to how they play.”