Northampton looking forward to the Sale challenge - Curtis Langdon

Northampton Saints are at third place in the Gallagher Premiership table
Northampton Saints are at third place in the Gallagher Premiership table
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Northampton Saints hooker Curtis Langdon said they are upbeat about the challenge of facing Sale Sharks in the upcoming Gallagher Premiership fixture at cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

The Saints are coming off from a five consecutive winning run but they will taking on an in-form Sale side, who have seven wins from nine matches and are at second place in the table behind Bath Rugby.

This would be the second time the two teams will be clashing this season with Sale Sharks winning the round 1 encounter with a 20-15 margin riding on tries from Tom Roebuck, Tom O'Flaherty and Ethan Caine.

“Sale will be up for it this weekend,” he told the club's official website.

“They missed out in the final last year. Their main goal is to go one better this year. They’ve got some good experience from that final.

“It’s the test we want this weekend. We couldn’t get the job done when we went to them, we need to get it done this weekend if we’re serious about going all the way.”

Since their defeat to Sale, the Saints have redeemed themselves having suffered defeat only twice in their next ten games and now are at third place in the table. A win on Saturday could see them go past Sale and Langdon is excited about the challenge.

“We have come on a lot since losing to Sale,” he added.

“cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens is sold out which is going to be nice. It'll be a big occasion, the winner could potentially go top of the league so we’re all excited about it as a squad. Hopefully we can be on the right end of the result.”