Preparation for our formidable clash against Tigers consisted of tailored training sessions earlier in the week, that were tough and contact-based. Towards the later part of the week, as game night approached, training became more technical and position-specific.
On Friday night, I was really disappointed as I had to watch the game from the sideline, having received a two game ban for a dangerous tackle committed the week earlier down in "Barrrrrth". But regardless of my feelings, my family and I were there to support the team.
A good 8000+ spectators added to the atmosphere at Salford City Stadium, which was loud and intense, mirroring the game itself. there were some mouth-watering match ups with Sammy Tuitupo and Jonny Leota versus Manu Tuilangi, the battle of the big hitters; and Andy Powell versus Thomas Waldrom, two of the best ball carriers in the Premiership.
It was a close game with Sale leading at the break and by all accounts, looking the better of the two sides. Although Leicester were down to 14 men for 10 minutes we couldn't capitalise and were eventual losers with a final score of 8-20.
Looking at the scoreline alone, you'd be forgiven to expect heads to drop, both from the players and the supporters, but those who were there will tell you otherwise. Ok it was another loss and yes we do find ourselves still planted at the foot of the table, but what the lads provided on Friday night was a performance. A performance to be proud of. A performance that showed just a glimmer of what is yet to come.
By Tom Brady
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