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Pearce hunting silverware

Having put in a man of the match performance against Cardiff Blues on Friday night, Laurence Pearce has set his sights on silverware this season.

A 41-3 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium in the Anglo-Welsh Cup saw the Sharks run in six tries, which were added to when referee Craig Evans awarded a penalty try late on.

Speaking after scoring his first two tries for Sale Sharks, Pearce said his confidence is beginning to build at the club.

“I’ve made three starts in a row now, which is great. I just need to make sure I take my opportunities when they come along and I feel I did that tonight,” said the number eight.

“When you go a few games without scoring you start to think if you’ll ever get one again, but getting that first one meant that pressure is off me now.”

The bonus-point victory saw Sale rise from bottom of the pool two to top, although Ospreys can return to first place with a win over Bristol on Saturday.

But Pearce is focussing on nothing less than lifting the trophy this season.

“This competition can be massively important for us,” he explained. “We’re starting to put some wins together and we can go far in this competition.

“If we can get that home semi-final then it’s a massive step forward for us. We want to go all the way.”

The Sharks travel to London next weekend to face a Harlequins side that are also vying for a semi-final spot.

Having ended their run of ten consecutive losses with back-to-back wins, Pearce highlighted how his side can cause Quins problems.

“The set pieces worked well against Cardiff, so if we can use that against Harlequins as well then that’ll be another step in the right direction.

“We need to settle down after this game and cut out the errors we made [on Friday night], and if we stick to our processes then there’s no reason we can’t get a result down there.”

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

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