Aviva Premiership: Dean Richards expects Sale Sharks to challenge his Newcastle Falcons side
Last Updated: 12/09/13 4:15pm
Dean Richards: Expecting a big challenge at Salford City Stadium
Dean Richards says his Newcastle Falcons side are expecting a serious challenge when they travel to Sale Sharks on Friday.
While the Falcons' return to the Aviva Premiership began with a heavy 21-0 home defeat by Bath, Sale caused the shock of the opening weekend when they beat Gloucester at Kingsholm.
Richards saw enough in Sale's performance to know they will pose a major threat at Salford City Stadium.
"They are a very physical side who are comfortable in all sorts of conditions, and they have a top drawer team in terms of their willingness to play rugby."
Dean Richards on Sale
"Sale are a very unified side and they work for each other, so they will challenge us in every aspect of the game," said Richards, who has made five changes to the side that lost to Bath.
"It was a surprise result for them to win down at Gloucester, but I think it heightens our awareness of what they are about.
"They are a very physical side who are comfortable in all sorts of conditions, and they have a top drawer team in terms of their willingness to play rugby.
"Some of their scores last weekend were outstanding, and it's going to be a difficult game for us.
"We have worked on the things that didn't quite go according to plan last week, and we've worked even more on the positives that came out of the game.
"For us it's about working hard for one another and making sure we make the right decisions, and I firmly believe that we have the players to do that."