Sharks ready for suc­cess in 2020


Manchester Evening News - - MOTORS -

SPORT is of­ten about fine mar­gins and our most re­cent game in the Heineken Cham­pi­ons Cup proved just that.

Af­ter a strong start, a yel­low card for Tom Curry sent him to the sin bin, help­ing Ex­eter Chiefs to score 22 points in the first half to Sale’s 15.

But once we had 15 play­ers back on the field, Ex­eter failed to get any more points on the board and, if not for a cou­ple of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, we could have won the game.

There are plenty of pos­i­tives to be taken from the match, de­spite the loss. For ex­am­ple, a Sale side of old may have ca­pit­u­lated and gone on to lose by 30 or more. Now, they’re show­ing great de­ter­mi­na­tion to get re­sults even when things aren’t go­ing their way.

They’ll cer­tainly be look­ing to get some re­venge this week in the re­turn fix­ture at Sandy Park on Sun­day.

The game at the AJ Bell Sta­dium on Sun­day was a sell­out – our first in more than five years, and no one can say the fans weren’t en­ter­tained by our and Ex­eter’s ef­forts.

To have more than 11,000 peo­ple there is a mas­sive state­ment for the club and it was fan­tas­tic to see lots of young peo­ple in the crowd, largely thanks to our strong links with lo­cal schools and ju­nior sides.

Among those 11,000 was Eng­land head coach Eddie Jones, who paid a visit to check out the tal­ent on dis­play ahead of the Six Na­tions next year. Tom Curry and Ex­eter’s Henry Slade, along with lots of other play­ers on the fringes of an in­ter­na­tional call up, will have given him a lot to take away from his trip to Manch­ester.

We’re look­ing for­ward to our fes­tive Pre­mier­ship fix­ture on Satur­day, De­cem­ber

Tom Curry of Sale Sharks

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