Sale will be ambitious, says Leicester Tigers' Mat Tait
Mat Tait believes his former club Sale Sharks will not die wondering in their Aviva Premiership clash at Welford Road today.
The 26-year-old, who starts at full-back this afternoon, spent three years at Edgeley Park before his move to Leicester in the summer of 2011.
He still keeps in touch with several of his old team-mates from his spell at the league's current bottom club and knows they will turn up desperate for points in their bid to maintain their Premiership status.
In recent years, teams that have arrived at Welford Road propping up the Premiership table have merely shut up shop in a 'damage limitation' exercise. Tait thinks Sale will do nothing of the sort though.
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"They have got to have a go I think," he said. "To get the points they need to try to stay up, they need ambition.
"I just can't imagine that they will come here, shut up shop and play for a point.
"From how they played here last year, they threw it around a bit then and they don't have players that play conservatively.
"I hope we beat them but they are improving and I think they will get out of trouble. They have too many good players to go down."
Tigers are still handily-placed with six rounds of Premiership rugby to come.
But not only will they be trying to stop a third defeat on the bounce, they also face consecutive defeats at home for the first time since October 2011.
Tait will make his 16th appearance of the season in a side that will be keen to go into a two-week break on a high.
"The last fortnight has been disappointing losing to Harlequins and Saracens," he said.
"We have played well in parts in both games but we started the second half really poorly last weekend. Saracens lifted the tempo and we missed too many one-on-ones. You can't do that.
"Leading at half-time and not being able to finish both sides off is disappointing.
"Now we need Saracens and Quins to slip up if we are to make the top two but we need to focus on our own game this weekend and, if we win, we have a couple of weeks without a game so we can come back for the run-in with all guns blazing."