Bath Rugby: Sharks pose a danger - Fearns
Carl Fearns is better positioned than most to know Sale Sharks still possess plenty of bite ahead of Saturday's trip to The Rec.
Bryan Redpath has presided over four straight Aviva Premiership defeats since taking the helm after leaving Gloucester last season, with a solitary losing bonus point all the bottom side have to show for their efforts this term.
But Fearns, who served his apprenticeship at Edgeley Park before joining Bath Rugby in mid-2011, believes his new club will live to regret it should they write off Sale's chances before kick-off.
"They haven't had a good start but, having come down from Sale two seasons ago, I know they'll be working twice as hard to put it right," said Fearns.
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"They are definitely a very good team who will look to play even more passionately having not won a game yet.
"We've had two straight defeats ourselves, so we need to make sure our hunger and urgency is just as high as theirs will be.
"We've already proven we can do it this season, so we need to make sure we turn up and get our mind-set right on Saturday."
The 23-year-old flanker is likely to continue his back-row partnership with Ben Skirving and Simon Taylor for the match, with Springbok Francois Louw currently on international duty.
And as Fearns has yet to taste victory against his former employers, the desire to put that right has given him an extra incentive this weekend.
"Myself, Ben and Simon have trained together a lot, we understand each other and play well together," said Fearns.
"It's still a massive blow to lose Francois but we've still got the players and strength in depth in the back row to cope.
"Sale beat us at home and up at Edgeley Park last season, so for me personally it's a massive game having left the club.
"I really want to make sure I put in a top performance and am looking forward to the physical side of it.
"It never goes away; you always want to do well against your old club and your old team-mates."