SALE Sharks scrum-half Mike Phillips says his side can use the positives from their European Rugby Champions Cup loss to Scarlets when they face Toulon.

Scarlets beat Sale 28-11 in Phillips' return to Wales while Sale face the 2014-15 champions at home on Friday.

"We weren't there at all [at Scarlets], but we play against Toulon and that's a massive fixture for us," Phillips told the Sharks' website.

"There were some positives and if we take that into next week, we've a good home record so maybe we can do well."

Phillips signed for Sale in the summer following a five-year spell playing domestic rugby in France with Bayonne and Racing 92 and knows Sharks' next opponents well.

"Toulon are a great team, they've got stars and it's a great test for us really," he told BBC Wales Sport.

"It's a chance for us to show what we can do and hopefully we can play a bit better than against Scarlets."

Meanwhile, Sharks' new signing Josh Charnley, fresh from winning the Super League Grand Final with Wigan recently, visited the training base at Carrington last week to meet up with his new team-mates.

Charnley bowed out as a Wigan Warriors player with an incredible record of having scored 165 tries in 176 games including the winning try against Warrington Wolves in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

He met up with Sale Sharks ambassador and commercial director Mark Cueto, who holds the all-time scoring record for the Premiership with 90 tries, and Cueto joked to Charnley: "Great to see you, are you after my record? I am sure you can do it."

Charnley will start training with his new team-mates before the end of the month after taking a well-deserved holiday.