Jones looking for improvement from Sharks when they play Harlequins

29 April 2008
Kingsley Jones is expecting a "massive improvement" in the performance of his Sale Sharks squad when they play Harlequins in the Guinness Premiership this weekend. Sharks were trounced 36-14 by Bath at the Recreation Ground in last week's semi-final of the European Challenge Cup. And as that door to the Heineken Cup closes, the one remaining route through the league could also begin to slam shut if they don't pick up vital points on Sunday.

With two league games to go, Harlequins are one point and one place above the Sharks in the race for fourth place and the upcoming clash is as close to a season decider as both teams will get.

Jones said: "We did not turn up against Bath - it is as simple as that.

"We were second best in all departments, we did not get across the gain line enough, and we could not dictate play.

"I am expecting the lads to be hurting massively after that and I am wanting a massive improvement against Harlequins or our season is as good as over. It is that big a game.

"Quins will be as tough a challenge as any, especially away from home when we will be up against a party style atmosphere.

"But we are confident we can beat them - we would of course have preferred it to have been as Edgeley Park but that is sport for you.

"We need to try and dominate their forwards, get some attacking ball and defend well.

"It has to better than against Bath or we will certaintly not win."