Defence coach Alan Dickens believes the Saints have learned their lesson from the visit to the AJ Bell Stadium last November.
Sale Sharks, who visit Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday, have the Aviva Premiership’s only unbeaten home record, having downed Leicester and Exeter in Salford this season and drawing with Saracens two rounds ago.
They also saw off the Saints in Round 3, and even though this week’s hosts go into the return fixture ahead of Sale in the table Dickens insists they must still be wary of the threat that Cipriani and co. pose.
“We came unstuck away against them earlier in the season,” he told SaintsTV, “and we’re under no illusions that it will be tough again this weekend.”
With just seven points separating third through eighth, this Aviva Premiership season is on course to be the tightest in history, with any team capable of beating any team - as Sale proved when they turned the Tigers over at Welford Road.
“Sale are a tough side,” Dickens added. “They played Leicester at Welford Road and secured a good victory, and they’re one of those teams in the middle of the table, like us, looking to get into that top four.”
Every voice counts in the chase for the Aviva Premiership semi-finals, and you can make the difference by getting behind the team when they take on the Sharks on March 12th.
And don’t forget that England’s Six Nations match against Wales will be shown live from Twickenham in the bars straight after the end of the Saints’ game.