Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Streetwise Sharks Just Too Clever for Us - Tait

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Streetwise Sharks Just Too Clever for Us - Tait

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FALCONS head coach Alan Tait credited a street-wise Sale Sharks team for denying his Newcastle side a share of the points at Edgeley Park.

Failing to even snare a losing bonus point from their 27-19 defeat, Tait said: "Sale are really competitive at the breakdown and you always wonder how much of it is legal.

"Credit to them because they got away with it and it just stopped our supply of quality ball to work with."

With wings Tom Brady and Mark Cueto grabbing Sale's tries to fend off a Falcons' fight-back, Tait added: "They do not have a load of big stars, but they work hard for one another.

"I do not think they are a much better team than us, but they just wanted it more.

"That is hard for a coach to take and, although our comeback was tremendous, it was our own fault for putting ourselves in the position to start with.

"We fell off a bit at the end after putting ourselves in with a sniff, and to get nothing is especially frustrating because I felt we were worthy of a losing bonus point at least. …

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