Saint-Andre still positive as Sharks season de-rails

Sale Sharks’s season looks to have made a turn for the worse and rather surprisingly given their fantastic start to the season they are now suffering from a losing streak.

In September the Sharks could do no wrong and they became the first team to go four games in the competition without conceding a try.

Since then things have not been that impressive. Their most recent defeat came on Friday night when they lost at home to Bath 21-24.

That EDF Energy Cup result was Sale’s third setback at Edgeley Park in a row and their fourth defeat in five outings so far this month.

The road ahead does not look too impressive either as they are already suffering from injuries and they face the daunting task of playing Leicester away from home without the help of their England internationals.

The defeat to Bath has effectively knocked them out of the EDF Energy Anglo Welsh Cup but Director of Rugby Phillipe Saint-Andre still sees the positives in a season that looks to be getting worse as it progresses.

“At the moment, it is a very, very fine line. At the beginning of the season we were winning close games – now we are losing them,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

“But in this competition we have developed a lot of young players – all of our front row on Friday – Martin Halsall, Rob O’Donnell and Marc Jones – were very young and they did very well.

“Likewise, Carl Fearns and David Tait did well in the back row and scrum-halves Chris Leck and Will Cliff also had good games so there were positives to take out of the game.

“The bad thing was losing, especially from being 13-0 up but a few mistakes cost us the game.

“However, these players need to play at this level to improve and we’ll need some of them during the Guinness Premiership in November when we have big games against Worcester, Wasps and Leicester, so its good experience for them

“Of course it’s not nice to lose at home. It hurts the coaching staff, the players and the fans, but we need to look at the positives.

“We are still third in the Guinness Premiership, we still have a chance of qualifying into the Heineken Cup quarter- finals and in this year’s EDF competition, our young guys played well against Cardiff and again against Bath.”

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