Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE WITH EURO CUP VICTORY ; Sharks Win First Time in Eight Attempts to Break European Jinx as Local Lad Jennings Shines. .SHARKS...........................29 PAU....................................20

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE WITH EURO CUP VICTORY ; Sharks Win First Time in Eight Attempts to Break European Jinx as Local Lad Jennings Shines. .SHARKS...........................29 PAU....................................20

Article excerpt

MARK Jennings helped Sale banish their eight-game losing streak in Europe - and remind boss Steve Diamond that he is ready to be the next homegrown star on the Sharks' neverending conveyor belt of local talent.

The youngster from Lymm has long been earmarked as having all the raw materials to be a standout Premiership player. But over the past ten months the former England Under-20s star's career has somewhat stalled due first to injury and then to the form of others ahead of him in the pecking order.

However, a superb display on Saturday, which deservedly earned the 22-year-old the man-ofthe-match award, served as a timely reminder to both director of rugby Diamond and the watching Sharks fans of just what Jennings can bring to the party.

Not only did he score a fine try but his trademark aggression and eye for an opening proved a constant thorn in Pau's side as Sale banished the memory of their defeat at Newport in last week's opening European Challenge Cup game.

Indeed with Castres beating Newport in the weekend's other game, it means the table is now wide open. And Diamond says if Jennings maintains Saturday's level of performance, it will be nigh on impossible to ignore him.

"Mark had a very good game.

"We brought him off with a knock to the shoulder but we know that he's a good player," Diamond declared.

"He keeps Sam Tuitupou on his toes and though he's just been on the periphery of late, every time he plays like that he gets nearer and nearer.

"If he doesn't start he sits on the bench but he's everything that we want in a player.

"He's local, he's hard as nails and he cares about the team, so there a lot of positives.

"He went well and so did a lot of the other young lads we put out like Sam James, Will Addison, Joe Ford, who I thought had a very good game, Mike Haley and Tom Brady. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.