Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Diamond Looks for Sparkling Start

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Diamond Looks for Sparkling Start

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SALE Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond says it is crucial that his side makes a winning start to the Aviva Premiership season tomorrow night.

Sale make the trip up to the North East for their opening game of the season to take on Newcastle Falcons.

Diamond is aware that competition will be fierce this year, and said: "Getting a good start in the Premiership is crucial to all 12 teams.

"We have to respect Newcastle as they will be looking for a win in front of their own fans. There are no easy games in the Premiership these days and we back the game up against Newcastle with back-to-back home fixtures against Harlequins and Gloucester."

Newcastle's Kingston Park was, for many years, a ground where victory eluded Sharks. But Sale have won on their last three visits, including a 21-15 victory on the final day of last season when tries from Sam James and David Seymour helped secure the points. …

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