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Tuitupou: Quins game must-win

Sale centre Sam Tuitupou says Friday's Premiership clash with Harlequins is 'a must-win game' as the Sharks seek to claim a play-off spot this season.

Sharks are currently four points adrift of fourth-placed Bath with four matches remaining, with Quins a further two points behind in sixth.

Sale have lost just one of their last seven Premiership matches and Tuitupou said: "We are going to treat it like a semi-final.

"I think it is a must-win game against Harlequins to give us a chance of making the top four.

"At the start of the season our goal was top six and anything above that is a bonus.

"At the moment we are in a good position to get top four, and we will just take each game as it comes and concentrate on winning our next game.

"We just need to keep doing what we are doing and keep in line and keep the pressure on, and that will give us every opportunity to win the game."

As for losing in the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup last weekend, he added: "It would have been good to win and be in the hunt for both trophies and I don't think the cup loss will have slowed momentum.

"The squad is full of confidence, the atmosphere is still here and the team is still buzzing."