However the Saturday kick off allowed for fun and frolics for all the family pre-game. Steve Diamond put on a drinks deal with four pints for a tidy sum of £10 and there was go-karting, free rugby tuition for the kids and free music and pre-match interview in the fan bar with non-playing members of the team.
I'm a season ticket holder for the Wellsprings South standing stand. Sale's social media team had a competition, that if you took a picture of yourself doing a "W" sign, you would be in with a chance to win a bottle of champagne, thanks to Wellsprings. You got to be in it to win it, so with a grin on my face I did the pose and posted it to @Salesharksrugby Twitter account.
Later on, I'm popping the bubbly. I enjoy being in the South stand - there is a greater sense of togetherness than previously felt at the BMI stand at Edgeley Park. Banter is abound and the noise that rose when the game began, from the more than 7,000-strong crowd, was epic.
Coming off the heavy defeat in Exeter last week, a lot of fans were pessimistic of the chance of a win against Saracens. However, to those I say "positive mental attitude!" If you go into a match thinking they won't win, then there is a danger of it being a self-fulfilling prophecy! If the winners always won, what would be the point in playing?
New signing Danny Cipriani started off the scoring with a penalty. Awesome! We are ahead! However, this didn't last long as Sale Sharks were heavily penalised by ref Dave Pearson. Voices in the crowd became frustrated as the game looked like it was turning into a kicking match. And there were some other less than savory comments about the refs. But we shan't dwell.
Sale lost, but the home team had a much improved performance than last week. Some may feel disheartened from two loses, but it's only the beginning. We have time and we have the quality to see us through.
By Jen Urwin - @Reel_Jen on Twitter.
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