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Miller: Sandy Park thrashing is a motivator for Sale

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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ROB Miller insists revenge will be in Sale Sharks' minds on Friday night against Exeter Chiefs as they bid to wipe out the memories of their opening day nightmare.

The Sharks have endured a tough Premiership campaign so far, hosting the Chiefs at Salford City Stadium five points adrift at the foot of the table.

And the signs were there as early as the first game of the season as they left Sandy Park on the back of a 43-6 beating.

That kick-started a seven-game losing streak as Sale had to wait until the visit of fellow strugglers London Irish for their first victory.

Since then, though, the Sharks have notched up just one more win, against Worcester, but Miller is adamant a desire for retribution against the team that started it all off can propel Sale to a third success.

"The opening day result is a little bit of a motivating factor," the full-back said.

"Credit to Exeter – they're a great team, especially at home and turn over a lot of big teams down there, and they're now a big team themselves since they came up from the Championship.

"We want to show Exeter we're a good team and that's the key for every game in the run-in for the season.

"We need to go 110 per cent for every game, and obviously that starts with the Exeter game."

Despite Sale's struggles in the league, the club received a boost at the weekend as their 33-30 victory over Wasps earned them an LV= Cup semi-final spot.

And Miller is adamant that, as well as some timely recoveries from the treatment room, means Exeter will have a very different fight on their hands this time around compared to last.

"We've got the ability in our squad and we've got people coming back from injury – Nick Macleod, Andy Powell – and that's going to improve our squad and add to our game," he added.

"It's almost like a cavalry charge and we want to build a competitive environment in the squad.

"I think Exeter will see a different side from the start of the season.

"We've had some tough times at the start of the season – that's brought us closer as a group and that can help us."

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