A couple of weekends ago saw Rod and I make another trip across the border to the land of my birth. We were heading back to the Manchester area to watch the final home game of the season for the rugby union team we follow, Sale Sharks.
Isn’t it funny that Rod and I should both happen to follow the same team. Me, because I happened to see an England game on TV and saw Jason Robinson’s first cap and was fascinated watching him play. Jason is the reason I started watching rugby and so naturally I started following the club he played for. Rod, because it was his local team at one time when he lived in Wilmslow.
We crossed the border Friday evening and stayed at one of the Premier Inns at the Trafford Centre.
Game day on Saturday and we had our usual quick wander around the Trafford Centre before heading for the free bus to the AJ Bell stadium. Traffic can be a bit of a nightmare heading to the AJ Bell so we headed to the ground a bit earlier than we normally do. Turns out the motorway was free flowing for a change so we were much earlier than expected. Still it gave us time to soak up some of the atmosphere, grab a drink and watch the teams arrive.
The final home game of the season was against Newcastle Falcons and it was an extra special game as it was the final home game for a number of players with the club, most notably Mark Cueto, who has served Sale for the entirety of his professional career. Cueto has been with the Sharks for 14 years and currently holds the record as the top try scorer in the premiership. What an amazing career.
The game was great, although a little too close for comfort towards the end. At least Cueto earned a final home try (thanks to Tom Arscott) and a standing ovation when he left the pitch at the end of the game.
I’m sad to see the back of Cueto, he’s been a treat to watch and loyal to the club. What a star and what a fitting end for his last home game.
Shame Cueto didn’t have such a grand end in the final game in the season against Exeter Chiefs. Cueto received a yellow card in the 71st minute 😮