Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

NOW SALE MUST PLAY IT AGAIN, URGES MILLS ; Welsh Star Says Sharks Must Maintain Passion and Intensity They Showed against Munster.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

NOW SALE MUST PLAY IT AGAIN, URGES MILLS ; Welsh Star Says Sharks Must Maintain Passion and Intensity They Showed against Munster.

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HAVING come within an ace of toppling mighty Munster, Sale star Jonathan Mills says the Sharks must now ensure they maintain the high standards they set in Saturday's European Champions Cup classic for the rest of the season.

Mills and his Sale colleagues garnered nationwide praise for the manner of their magnificent display which saw them suffer the heartbreak of losing 27-26 after an injury time drop goal by Munster fly-half Ian Keatley.

Now, however, Mills says the onus is on the Sharks to replicate the passion and instensity they demonstrated in abundance at the weekend - particularly when the Sharks resume Premeriship combat in three weeks' time.

As despite their fine maiden European showing, domestically the Sharks have suffered a poor start to the season, lying in 10th place after the first six games of the campaign.

And Mills says if Sale want to repeat Saturday's memorable occasion again next term, they have to start transferring that form to the league.

"The feeling afterwards was a strange one because we know we put a performance out there on the pitch," Mills reflected.

"We know it was our best display of the season and we know that we have fallen short with the last kick of the game but that's the standard of the competition that we're in.

"Those little one percentage points are what makes the difference.

"Obviously we were all down with the result but we know that the performance was there. That's the standard we have set ourselves for the rest of the season and we'll continue to push on as far as we can.

"We were just one kick short and it happens but if we match the standards we set on Saturday we'll continue to climb and if that gets us in the competition again next season, brilliant, because we love to have a crack at these teams.

"We've gone after Munster from the first whistle and one injury time kick was the difference. …

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