Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cueto Makes His Point ; Sale Winger Insists Premiership Win Was More Important Than Breaking Records

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cueto Makes His Point ; Sale Winger Insists Premiership Win Was More Important Than Breaking Records

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SALE record breaker Mark Cueto insists the four points gleaned from last Friday's titanic 21-16 win over Exeter meant more to him than the individual honour of creating Premiership history. The former England and British Lions winger (right) carved his name into the record books by scoring a vital secondhalf try which saw him leapfrog former Sale colleague Steve Hanley to register his 76th league touchdown and so become the Premiership's alltime record scorer.

The Cumbrian, whose first league try for the Sharks came against Bristol in 2001, had been within touching distance of the landmark figure - which had stood for almost 10 years - for the past 18 months.

In recognition of Cueto's new record, Aviva, who sponsor the Premiership, will be presenting him with a trophy and a Pounds 760 donation to a charity of his choice. But rather than basking in the glow of personal satisfaction at what is a magnificent achievement, Cueto insisted his main emotion was one of relief with rock-bottom Sale registering only their third league win of the season.

However, he did reveal he had been given extra-special incentive to get one over on his old sparring partner Hanley just hours before the Exeter showdown.

"For me, the win was the biggest thing. Going out to play the game the thought of breaking the record wasn't even in my mind and it never has been for the last two or three years, however long it is I have been chasing it," Cueto insisted.

"In some ways, it feels like people have been talking about it for ages. It's nice to have finally achieved it and it's probably one of those things I will look back on in a year or two's time when I've finished and I will reflect that it's a great achievement, though Tom Varndell of Wasps will probably break it before I retire.

"It was funny as on the morning of the game, an ex-Sale player and a good mate of both mine and Stan's, texted me, though I won't name names, saying just score another try so that Stan (Steve Hanley) will only be remembered for being bulldozed by Scott Quinnell when he played for England against Wales!

"So that was the incentive to do it. It was brilliant to get the try but the result was huge - especially when we were eight points behind at half-time. …

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