Michael Paterson Reflects & Looks Forward To The New Season
31 July 2014 06:00am
By Nick Roberts
Michael Paterson was described by Steve Diamond as the key addition to the squad and seemed to be right in doing so. Michael mentioned it was a proud moment to see his name in the Aviva Premiership team of the year further adding to the outstanding season that Sale had enjoyed.
Off the back of a very good season Michael was another Sharks players to be called up to the England squad declaring "I obviously gained recognition from the year's work and it was a great achievement.
Many Pundits have talked about Sales pack and how they have transformed into a formidable outfit with a smart rolling maul. The hard work within the forwards is obviously paying dividends as Michael said "It all starts up front, we worked hard at the scrum and the lineout and these things don't come easy".
The defence as a team last year was impressive, again further highlighting the hard work, the desire to success and the passion throughout the team. The defensive system at Sale hasn't always been strong but last seasons efforts instigated by Mike Forshaw reaped rewards.
The key theme throughout the interview was the volume of hard work put in last year and the foundations are definitely in place to do the same again this season. This hard work last season was reward with the opportunity to play European rugby it what can only be described as a difficult group. Michael was open stating "If there was one goal last year as a team was to make sure we got back into the top flight playing European rugby" and what an achievement it was.
Not only can the fans look forward to European rugby but Michael said "More of the same, score a few more tries, gain a few bonus points and creep up that ladder". The premiership is a tough competition but the Sharks need to be mentally switched on, physically prepared as no game is going to be an easy one so that Sharks are going to have to work harder than ever for it.
With the RBS 6 Nations coming to a conclusion, Aviva Premiership Rugby returns with a bang this weekend. However, March saw some exciting domestic performances across Aviva Premiership Rugby and the LV Cup.
Sale Sharks beat Gloucester at the AJ Bell Stadium knowing the win would keep up the pressure on the leading pack and help keep the clubs hopes alive to earn a place in the elite European Competition next term.
Sale Sharks entertain Gloucester at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday afternoon (kick off 2pm) knowing that a win will keep up the pressure on the leading pack and help earn a place in the elite European Competition next term.
Sale Sharks have re-scheduled the fans evening, and the new date is Tuesday 5th May at the AJ Bell Stadium, starting at 5-30pm for dressing room tours, club shop and ticket office with the players in attendance from 7pm.