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Preview: Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons

Preview: Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons

Sam Tuitupou insists practice does indeed make perfect as he bids to help Sale Sharks continue their fine start to the Aviva Premiership against Newcastle Falcons.

Last season Sale had to wait until round eight for their first win, the victory finally coming with a 21-9 demolition of London Irish at Salford City Stadium.

However this term has already been completely different as they opened up their campaign with an impressive 22-16 victory over Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm.

Next up for the Sharks are new-boys Newcastle, who marked their return to the Premiership with a 21-0 loss at the hands of Bath Rugby.

And centre Tuitupou believes Sale’s confident start to the season was born from the hard work on the training ground, and he is no mood to let it go to waste on Friday.

He said: “It’s really important to get that winning mentality early on in the season. Last year we didn’t start well at all and had an awful first ten games. 

“This season we’re looking to get into the top six and a win against Gloucester was the perfect start for that.

“We started our preparation for the new season much earlier this year. We’ve been working for two to three months, practising our skills and making the most out of the warm up games, preparing for the match against Gloucester.”

Despite Tuitupou’s wishes, Sale have not won their opening two games of an Aviva Premiership season since 2008, however their form is good as they have lost just one of their last six games.

Newcastle’s opening defeat was the first time they have been nilled at home in the league since 1989, while Friday’s clash is the Falcons’ first trip to Salford City Stadium, having not won on Sale soil since 2010.

And Kieran Brookes is adamant he and his Newcastle teammates have learnt the lessons of their first round loss.

“The Bath game was a disappointing result but I think it was just a blip for us,” prop Brookes said.

“For a lot of guys that was their first taste of Premiership rugby and Bath had a very strong side out. They had a big pack and we made some mistakes but we will learn from it.

“As a team we are not even thinking about relegation, it’s not something we discuss.

“For us it’s about the week in, week out nature of the league and we will have to take advantage of our home games from now on.”
Referee: Luke Pearce (16th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Andy Watson and Stuart Terheege. TMO: Sean Davey.

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