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Cueto keen to add to record

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s all-time leading try scorer Mark Cueto may have resigned himself to seeing his record broken sooner rather than later, but the Sale Sharks winger still wants to add a few more scores to his tally before hanging up his boots.

Cueto notched the first league try of his 14th professional season in a hard-fought 18-11 victory over Exeter Chiefs last weekend, taking his career total in the top-flight to 87.

The reason that he hasn’t been his normally prolific self is an opening-day foot injury which kept him sidelined for the early part of the season.

While there has been no official announcement, the former England man, who turns 35 today, admits his intention to retire at the end of the season.

And although he fully expects second-placed Tom Varndell, who currently resides on 80 tries, to overtake his all-time record, Cueto is keen to notch more scores to make the Wasps winger’s task as hard as possible

“It was nice to get my first try of the year last weekend because I’ve had a bit of a sticky start to the season it was only my third start in the Premiership thanks to injury,” he said.

“I got injured in that first game of the season against Bath and it was a funny one – I thought it would only keep me out for two weeks but I ended up being out for eight or nine weeks.

“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet and in my last season it would be nice to finish well with a few more.

“It would be nice to retire as the leading try scorer in Premiership Rugby but Tom Varndell is still a young guy and if he stays in the Premiership then he will nick that record in the years to come.”

The victory over Exeter was Sale’s fourth league success on the spin and they will try to make it five-in-a-row when they take on Leicester Tigers at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.

Their recent good form has lifted Steve Diamond’s troops to fifth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, just two points behind fourth-placed Saracens.

But with his years of experience, Cueto says Sale are not getting ahead of themselves in terms of the rest of the season.

“Making the play-offs would be the dream for us but realistically, we said at the start of the season that the top six was our aim,” he added.

“We’ve been inconsistent over the past few years where we’ll be competing in the top six one season and the next we will be in a relegation battle.

“So we wanted to bring that yearly form and consistency again and be competing in the league and European competition.

“We know that the league is generally tight and comes down to the last game, so we want to up there.”

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