TOP BAR - Fixtures

Lund: Winning rhythm taking hold at Sale.

Lund: Winning rhythm taking hold at Sale.

They are the form team in Aviva Premiership Rugby right now after a stellar November but former England flanker Magnus Lund has no intentions of letting Sale Sharks take their foot of the accelerator just yet.

Wins against London Irish, Harlequins and Newcastle have propelled Sale into the top half of the league table and after initially setting targets of a top-six finish come May; Lund may soon have to readjust his pre-season predictions. 

Lund, who returned to Manchester after six-year spell playing for Biarritz in France, has been a key component as Sale have slowly built up momentum this season.

In Europe it might have been more of a struggle this term but domestically Sale is the team to beat presently and with home games against Exeter and Leicester before the turn of the year; few would bet against the Sharks making it five-out-of-five in the league.

Despite the obvious hype around the club; helped by the showing of England discard Danny Cipriani at fly-half, expectations are steadily building in the North West.

But Lund has vowed to keep his and his squad’s feet firmly on the ground as they enter a difficult winter at home and abroad.   

“After the last two or three weeks, it has come together really well,” said Lund. “Just being around any club once you get a victory on the weekend, it changes the whole place and makes it such a better place to be around and much easier.

“When you get into that rhythm of winning it seems to spread around the club and that's what's happened over the last couple of weeks.

“We've picked up a couple of tight wins and that confidence has suddenly materialised, so hopefully we can take that form into Europe now.

“At the start of the year we said we'd try and finish in the top six of the Premiership and I think that's realistic. We'll reassess if things are going really well after Christmas, but we've been good at recently is just taking it week-by-week.”

Plagued by injuries in recent seasons; Lund was offered an escape route back to England by Sale boss Steve Diamond in the summer and the flanker has already repaid the faith shown in him.

A serious knee injury had made Lund question his long-term ambitions in rugby but after seeing his body stand up to the Premiership in the opening three months of the season; the former England international has shelved thoughts of life after rugby.

“It's not something I've really thought about that much recently,” he added. “Like I said, my main focus at the start of the year was just to see how it went and hopefully get through this season.

“I don't want to keep on playing forever because it does take its toll on your body and I think in the future careers are only going to get shorter and shorter.

“But we'll see, maybe there are a couple of years left. I'm probably in a similar boat to a lot of the other guys who aren't sure what they're going to do after rugby. But I'll try and scratch my head.

“I had a tough 18 months, injury wise, and I suppose I was doubting a bit whether my body could stand up to the week-in week-out challenge."

Each month Aviva is giving fans their say on who deserves to win the coveted Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month award with the chance to win four tickets to an Aviva Premiership Rugby game of their choice! Become the 10th judge and vote by visiting www.aviva.co.uk/10thjudge open until Thursday 4th December.

To get all the latest news from Premiership Rugby sign up to our Newsletter

For more news, try out News Sale Sharks