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Dave Seymour sets sights on big Sale Sharks finish

Every team wants to end the season on a high, but Dave Seymour insists Sale Sharks are even more determined to finish with a flurry after an agonising home loss last time out.

As Sale welcomed Gloucester Rugby to the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday night, they did so knowing that they were only 80 minutes away from going unbeaten at home this Aviva Premiership Rugby season.

Only Newcastle Falcons and Saracens had been able to prevent Seymour and co from winning in front of their home fans as they eked out draws, but Sale fell at the final hurdle as Gloucester left 12-11 winners.

The defeat not only ended their unbeaten home record, denying a handful of players the chance to say goodbye to the fans in style, but also saw Sale slip out of the top six.

The Sharks now sit seventh, one point behind Harlequins, and Seymour admits his side smell blood as they bid to bounce back against Newcastle in style to ensure a top-six finish.

“The Gloucester loss was generally quite disappointing from us,” he said. “We've played well at home all year and one game to go which would have made the top six a lot easier.

“They played a simple game and they did it well. Our discipline was poor, especially in the second half. Credit to Greig Laidlaw, he knocked over the goals when they were given to him.

“The boys were bitterly disappointed afterwards and now it's a massive challenge to go away to Newcastle who have been a great team at home, so it's not going to be an easy one by any stretch of the imagination. The challenge is there for us to go up there and finish on a win.

“The other disappointing thing about Friday was that it was some players’ last home game and it would have been nice to cement that top six and unbeaten record, but also those guys have played over 100 games, so to lose like that is a bad note.

“It's massively important we send those guys away on a good note this weekend and they'll want to put in some strong performances and finish their time at Sale how we all want them to finish it: with a win.”

But despite the loss last time out to Gloucester, Seymour insists his side have learned their lessons in time for this weekend.

“It was more just poor discipline from us, plus we didn't play field position as well as Gloucester did,” Seymour added.

“They obviously had a few injuries and they had a good pack so their backs put the ball behind us and we gave away stupid penalties.

“They didn't score a try so the defence was good but our discipline was poor in the areas where they can get three points.”
 

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