Worcester Warriors coach Richard Hill is relieved to be preparing for Premiership rugby again after two weeks of Amlin Challenge cup action.
"When you have a break from the intensity of Premiership and go to the Amlin, it's not quite the same," Hill told BBC Hereford & Worcester.
"That tingle down your spine comes again when you've got the next Premiership game coming up."
He added: "The players are really looking forward it - the excitement is building over the last few days for this one."
Following their comprehensive victories in the Challenge Cup, where they broke the European points haul on two consecutive weekends, Worcester will also welcome back Neil Best into their squad for Friday's match.
And despite their record of just one victory in 10 against Sharks, Hill has full confidence that his side has the strength in depth needed to win at Sixways.
"I'm in a position now for the first time this season where I have more than 15 that are quite capable of playing for us really well in the first 15," stated Hill.
"That means our bench will be really exciting and powerful, and they can come off and make a big impact."
Warriors will face a Sale side containing Danny Cipriani, and Hill has been impressed by the fly-half's form so far this season.
"People have called him [Cipriani] a genius and he can be," Hill said. "He does things that other people can't do - sometimes they come off, sometimes they don't.
"But I've noticed in the last couple of games he's played he's produced some realise nice touches.
"If there's a hole anywhere or someone's in a bit of space, and if your winger is not paying attention that ball will be kicked in behind you and Mark Cueto will be onto it."