Baxter tells Chiefs to make amends
Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter wants revenge for the club's record Aviva Premiership defeat to Sale Sharks when the teams clash at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday night.
The Chiefs were thrashed 55-12 by Sale at their Sandy Park home last April and Baxter admits that loss remains fresh in Exeter minds as they head north with the incentive of climbing above Northampton Saints and Bath into top spot.
"Obviously the last time we played them is still quite fresh in our minds - it was a stuffing to be honest," Baxter told the official club website.
"We were well beaten here at Sandy Park and I think that is going to stick in our minds.
"We have obviously mentioned it to the players.
"It was one of those rare occasions that - without taking anything away from Sale, who played well on the day - we were definitely below par.
"We did not perform in a way that was acceptable and I think that, for me in particular, it was a bit of a humbling experience to have to sit there and have to watch it.
"We have talked about it since and it is not something that we should be prepared to accept or that happens often given our qualities.
"I am hoping that will give us extra motivation, but the fact is that both ourselves and Sale are going pretty well at the moment."
Exeter have won their last eight games in domestic and European competition and are unbeaten in the Premiership since the start of October.
Sale are also in good form having climbed from 10th to sixth in the Premiership on the back of league wins against London Irish, Harlequins and Newcastle.
"They (Sale) are on a good run of results in the Premiership, as are ourselves, and that obviously makes it a fantastic challenge," Baxter said.
"We are obviously pleased at how the Premiership season is going for us to date and we want to keep that going."
Exeter welcome back all their frontline players following the European Challenge Cup double-header against La Rochelle, with skipper Dean Mumm, number eight Thomas Waldrom and fly-half Gareth Steenson among those included.
Sale retain only six of the side which lost in the European Champions Cup at Saracens last weekend, with Danny Cipriani, Chris Cusiter and Magnus Lund among those returning.