Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs - Aviva Premiership match preview
Sale's Mark Cueto will look to become the Premiership's top try-scorer after he was recalled for the visit of Exeter.
Last Updated: 08/02/13 10:30pm
Cueto is currently tied with former Sharks team-mate Steve Hanley on 75, however he has been included in the Sale team after missing the LV= Cup win over Wasps.
Cueto replaces Cameron Shepherd in the line-up, with Rob Miller slotting back into the No 15 jersey.
There is a further change to the pack, with club captain David Seymour fit to return to the back row.
Exeter have opted to make wholesale changes to their line-up for the return to league action.
In the backs there are recalls for Luke Arscott, Sireli Naqelevuki, Jason Shoemark and Gareth Steenson.
Only Ben White retained his place in the pack following the win over Northampton in the LV= Cup, with starts for Richard Baxter, James Scaysbrook, Dean Mumm, Tom Hayes, Hoani Tui, Neil Clark and Ben Moon.
There will also be a first Premiership start for Watisoni Votu after the Fijian impressed in the Anglo-Welsh competition.
Sale: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Charlie Amesbury, 13 Jonny Leota, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 James Gaskell, 7 David Seymour (capt), 6 Dan Braid, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 Tom Holmes, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Ross Harrison.
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Tony Buckley, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Richie Vernon, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Will Addison.
Exeter: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Watisoni Votu, 13 Sireli Naqelevuki, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Will Chudley, 8 Richard Baxter, 7 James Scaysbrook, 6 Ben White, 5 Dean Mumm, 4 Tom Hayes (capt), 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Neil Clark, 1 Ben Moon.
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Carl Rimmer, 18 Alex Brown, 19 Aly Muldowney, 20 Kai Horstmann, 21 Haydn Thomas, 22 Ignacio Mieres, 23 Phil Dollman.
What they said...
Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond
"As a management team we targeted the Scarlets and Wasps LV games as potential wins.
"We've achieved that, now we have got to do the same for the next two matches starting against Exeter Chiefs.
"We are rock bottom of the Premiership and we have got to move up the table and if we can get through the semi to a final and maybe finish 10th in the Premiership then suddenly the season won't look quite so bad. Exeter will be a big challenge for us. They are a very good side and well coached."
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter
"These are really important games now. We want to do well in this year's Premiership. We've been in the Heineken Cup this year and really enjoyed it, we'd like to be there again and that's going to depend on how well we go in the Premiership now.
"Every game is going to be very important. I'm expecting us to play like we did against Northampton (in the LV= Cup), almost as if every game is the game that matters.
"It's exciting entering these four games and where you could potentially go. That's how I want to approach it. I don't want us to be fretting about where the season might go, I want us to be excited about how far we can fire ourselves."