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Seymour talks ahead of Champions Cup opener

David Seymour has said Sale Sharks will have to be at the top of their game in order to get a result against Llanelli Scarlets this weekend.

The Sharks open their Champions Cup campaign at Parc y Scarlets on tomorrow night, and the 32-year-old insists it’ll be a tough game.

“Playing in Wales is always tough, especially on a Saturday night when the crowd will really get behind them,” he explained.

“We worked extremely hard last year to get in to the Champions Cup, and we spent all that time trying to get there in order to play against the big teams. We have to be on the money 99 per-cent of the time if we’re to get a result, and that’s the kind of level we should be playing at.”

Sale go in to the game having been beaten 30-3 at the Rec last weekend, and Seymour fronted up to the team’s problems from Friday night: “We had a lot of possession, but when you don’t score with that much possession it’s a bit worrying.”

When discussing where the game could be won for the Sharks, Seymour highlighted the strengths of Welsh rugby and the need to his side to keep their concentration.

“Up front it’s always a tough battle, no matter what Welsh team you play against. I think the Welsh backs have also been exciting this year, and they can strike from anywhere.

“So we need to be full throttle across all areas of the pitch if we’re going to be able to challenge.”

The flanker joined Sale in 2009 and has since played in three Champions Cup tournaments, but he is yet to make it past the group stage.

“There’s not many easy games nowadays, but when you’re playing against the likes of Scarlets, Toulon and Saracens, you have to be at the top of your game and there’s no chance of anyone thinking all we have to do is turn up.”

“The boys are looking forward to it, and it’s a good opportunity for the young lads who maybe haven’t done it yet.”

This article was written for the Sale Sharks website, and the original post can be viewed here.


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