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Brady backs Sale Sharks to come good in Europe

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Sale Sharks opened their European campaign last week with a defeat but winger Tom Brady insists he and his teammates are ready to put that right this weekend.

A much-changed Sale side went down to a 30-12 loss to Newport Gwent Dragons in their European Challenge Cup opener at Rodney Parade last weekend.

This Saturday the Sharks return to the AJ Bell Stadium to take on Pau knowing that victory is essential if they are to maintain any realistic hopes of making the knockout stages.

And Brady – who made his first start of the season on the wing in Wales – is adamant that the Sharks can reverse the tide on home soil.

“There were quite a lot of changes in the squad against the Dragons but to come away without even a bonus point, and for them to get a bonus point with their tries as well was a little bit disappointing really,” he said.

“We’re hoping to progress through the group stages of this competition so we’ll look to make amends this week. Obviously we’re at home this week as well so winning at home goes without saying really.

“There were quite a few positives I think, a few lads made their debuts, a few lads making their first starts for the team and quite a few young lads who have only got five, ten games for the club. So a lot of experience gained and lessons learnt.

“The competition can give us some good form going into the Premiership the week after as well, so we really want a strong performance this week, a couple of changes again, hopefully strengthen somewhat and go back to the Premiership on the back of a good performance and a good win.”

Sale are twice winners of this competition while Paul have also lifted the crown back in 2000 and Brady knows the French side will take some stopping.

“They look like quite a free-flowing team, in that away from home and at home they’ll play quite wide rugby, they’ll set up wide at set pieces and in counter-attack they’re happy to go to the touchline,” he added.

“They seem to like to throw the ball regardless of the opposition and they’re up for a good game of rugby, so it should be entertaining for the neutrals.”

Brady – who scored three tries in 13 appearances in Aviva Premiership Rugby last season – is desperate to get back into first-team contention when the league returns.

And a good showing against Pau could help him in the battle for wing positions with the likes of Tom Arscott and Neville Edwards also impressing so far.

“I feel much better for last week, my first start of the season, I was maybe a bit rusty, coming through a niggle in pre-season and missing a chunk of pre-season training and just about showed my nose in a couple of the friendlies, so it was good to run out there and I’m obviously glad to get another start again this week,” he added.

“I feel like I did alright last week, but there’s still bits to work at and improve on and hopefully I can push into the squad for the Prem following as well.

“They’ve given me an opportunity which I’m obviously grateful for in the Challenge Cup but I don’t just want to be holding tackle shields in training I want to be in the first-team squad, I want to be in the Premiership squad.

“So hopefully now I can take my opportunity and push on. I think I can get there. If I play as well as I can then there’s no reason why I can’t get in the team.” 

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