Harlequins may have surrendered a 14-point lead to draw with Leicester Tigers last time out, but full-back Ross Chisholm remains positive that his side’s attacking prowess can see them through a tough test at Sale Sharks on Friday night.

Quins had looked on course for a fourth successive Premiership win in the Big Game last time out but having led 27-13 were pegged back by the 10-time champions, who rallied for a share of the spoils.

Chisholm, though, believes there were plenty of positives to take into their next encounter at the AJ Bell Stadium, against a side with the same amount of points as them in the table, and just one place ahead in seventh.

And the 29-year-old outlined how encouraged he is by Quins’ exciting blend of youth and experience, describing how his role in the team has changed as one of the more seasoned players in the squad.

“We were all disappointed not to come away with the win at Twickenham,” he said. “But we just have to stay level-headed and focus on the next task against Sale.

“It’s going to be a challenge for sure and it’s always tough going up there because they’re very strong at home, they’ve got a good set-piece and the crowd always gets behind them.

“But we’re all feeling very positive about our attack at the moment and we’ll go there trying to implement our game on the pitch.

“We’ve seen in a number of games now that we carry plenty of threats, and scoring three tries again against Leicester gives us a lot of encouragement going into every game.

“A lot of younger lads are coming through which is exciting, and part of my job now is trying to help and develop those guys, just like Mike Brown and Tom Williams helped me. They’ve got fresh ideas and we bounce things off each other which can only be good going forward.”

United States international Paul Lasike marked his first appearance of the season with a try against the Tigers, and he explained how pleased he was to get his first minutes of the campaign.

The 29-year-old was limited to just 241 minutes of rugby last season due to multiple injuries but having seen teammate Michele Campagnaro become the latest in a string of Quins stars subjected to the sidelines last weekend, is confident he can provide effective cover at centre.

He said: “It was great to get to get that first start under my belt and I really enjoyed being back amongst the boys, getting plenty of touches and being able to put in a decent performance.

“Rugby’s a physical game so we know injuries are going to happen. We’ve been a bit unlucky that we seem to have suffered a lot in the centre position - with five guys now unavailable - but we just have to adjust.

“Everyone brings different strengths to the table and if one person goes down, we make changes and move forward together, and that continues against Sale where hopefully we can pick up a positive result.”