Sale Sharks lock Lou Reed said making his debut against Wasps was a “huge night” for him.
The Sharks overcame a youthful Wasps side by 17 points to 13 at the AJ Bell Stadium, thanks to tries from Mark Jennings and Sam Bedlow.
“I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to play, and I’m just glad to get that first appearance out of the way,” he revealed. “It was a huge night for me.”
Steve Diamond’s side saw a mix of experience and youth in the starting fifteen, but Reed was pleased with his side’s performance as they inflicted Wasps’ second defeat of the season.
“Even though we were a bit of a mixed team tonight, with some players like myself coming in from not playing, it was great to see how well we reacted to Wasps’ errors,” said the Welshman.
Despite not having featured for his new side since signing in the summer, Reed has been impressed with how the team have been performing in the Aviva Premiership so far.
“It was important to win tonight because the first team have built up some good momentum in the first part of the season, and we needed to keep that going,” Reed said.
Sale now face a trip to Ashton Gate in the second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup, to face a Bristol side who are without a win this season, but the 29-year-old has highlighted the importance of the forwards.
“Most games are won upfront, regardless of what the backs say,” he joked.
“Their pack will be our main target, and hopefully we can build a good platform for the backs to take their chances away from home.”