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Lund previews Falcons clash

As Sale Sharks prepare for the return of Premiership action this weekend, Magnus Lund is looking to build from the side’s away win at Harlequins on Friday.

Sale’s 13-10 win at the Twickenham Stoop left them in contention for an Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final spot, only to be pipped by Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.

But on the back of three consecutive wins, Lund is confident that his side have turned a corner since last playing in the Premiership.

“We’ve gained a lot of confidence over the last three weeks. Getting those wins shows that we’re doing the right things now and it was especially good to win at Quins, which is a tough place to go,” he said.

“Winning away from home against any team of their stature is a big bonus, so to keep that momentum going in to this weekend is crucial.”

The Sharks were on the verge of a semi-final spot in the competition, winnings three of their four games, but their away loss to Bristol in the second fixture ultimately proved costly.

But for the remainder of the season the side have only the Premiership to focus on, as they look to climb the table from tenth place.

“It’s a shame because I know everyone at the club wanted us to get through, what with how we’ve been playing in the league,” explained the former England international.

“It would have been nice but it didn’t work out that way, so we can now focus solely on picking up those points in the Premiership, starting with Newcastle.

The Falcons travel to the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday night and sit in ninth place, having beaten Sale on the opening day of the season.

Although Lund praised his opponents’ efforts so far this term, he also revealed he is confident of getting a result at home.

“They’re doing really well, they’re one place ahead of us and they’re playing some nice rugby,” said the flanker.

“As with any game, I think it’ll come down to the forwards. They’ve got a good pack, drive and scrum, so we’ll have to be switched on there.

“Hopefully we can get in to the ascendency early on, and if we do that then we’ve got some great backs who will be able to put the points on the board for us.”

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

 

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