Mills wants error-free performance

Date published: December 6 2016

Sale second-row Jonathan Mills has urged his team to bounce back from a poor spell when they tackle Saracens in the Champions Cup this week.

The Sharks have lost their last four games in all competitions with their latest defeat coming at home against Exeter Chiefs last Friday.

And that has led to forward Mills issuing a rallying cry ahead of their European clash with the reigning champions, who sit top of Pool 3.

“It’s been a disappointing few weeks,” he told Sale‘s official website.

“We have some lessons to learn because we’re beating ourselves by making a lot of unforced mistakes. If we cut out our errors, we’re a lot harder team to beat.

“We don’t feel like we’re lacking confidence in the each other. It’s more that we’re still working on our understanding and knowledge but everyone is putting extra work in to make sure each player knows what they’re doing.”

Sale take on Saracens away and home in back-to-back fixtures over the next two weekends and Mills knows it will be a tough couple of games.

“They’re a quality outfit and there aren’t many areas you can get on top of them. We need to look after the areas of the game we’ve been struggling with – if we do that and cut the mistakes we can go down there and give them a good game,” he added.

“It was always a big challenge to qualify, even before we lost the first two games. From here we’ll take it one game at a time and then see where we’re at.”