December kicked off with back-to-back European matches against Saracens. The London giants travelled to the AJ Bell Stadium first.
In the run up to the game, the Sharks held a Press Day which was well attended by all the media in the North West.
Before the match, our Sharks Community Trust held a Hendre Fourie Masterclass which was well received, with Nathan Hines saying afterwards: "It's great to see all the kids out before our game against Saracens, from lots of different clubs in the North West. The skill level was great, despite the very cold weather!"
In the match itself, the Sharks pushed Saracens hard, but fell to a 19-15 defeat. Andrei Ostrikov scored a try for the Sharks to bring them back into contention, but it was Saracens who secured the victory.
Over the next week, the Sharks trained well and were ready for the challenge against Saracens at the packed out Allianz Park. Saracens claimed another victory, winning 28-15. Nathan Hines scored a try on his return to the side & was remembered for this tweet below.
Three of our young players, Andy Hughes, Cameron Neild & Ciaran Parker, went to the Kings Playing Fields in Macclesfield and took part in the Charity Santa Run for East Cheshire Hospice. They helped the participants warm up, and even joined in with some of the run.
The Jets returned back to playing in the A-League, and lost 41-7 to Northampton Wanderers.
Tommy Taylor signed a new one-year deal with the Sharks in the middle of December, which gave the whole side a huge boost heading into the clash at the AJ Bell Stadium at Exeter Chiefs. The side won 18-11 against the Chiefs, where Danny Cipriani & Mark Cueto scored a try apiece for the Sharks.
The Sharks final game of 2014 was against Leicester Tigers at the AJ Bell Stadium, and there was a record attendance of 11,247. The fans were treated to a sensational game. The Sharks were winning 30-15, thanks to tries from Chris Cusiter, Nathan Hines, Sam Tuitupou & Will Addison, but the Tigers fought back to claim a 32-30 victory.
The Sale forward pack were left disappointed after two pick and go tries from Newcastle meant that the Sharks would drop points at home for the first time this season. Hooker Tommy Taylor has said that the way in which the two tries were conceded was frustrating.