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View from the south stand: Sale 12 Newcastle 28
Questions—A consequence of axial tilt—Doing it right—More questions—A mismatch—A welcome return—A sad departure?
View from the south stand: Sale 39 USAP 10
Crimes against music—the bare facts—motivation against the mediocre—comparison with recent matches—realising potential—late season peculiarity
View from the south stand: Sale 24 Saracens 18
Christmas presents—a week to remember—hopes & fears—an all-too-familiar start—a rapid response—belief—just rewards—a positive future.
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Extra special bonus story for Christmas. Courtesy of John Everton, this story first appeared in the 22/12/2018 Sale Sharks v Bristol Bears match programme.
View from the south stand: Sale 27 Bristol 10
Cliches—high hopes, low expectations—a typical start—a significant binning—turnaround—increasing pressure—a significant result.
View from the south stand: Sale 14 Bordeaux 17
Wondering—a conclusion—anatomical concerns—a setback—looking forward—maintaining hope—feeling bullish.
Vue depuis la tribune: Bordeaux 24 Sale 50
Reflections on past trips—a new memory—relaxing—various alarums—a disconnect—a worrying start—response—a procession—delight—cheers—an old friend—squashed rumours
View from the south stand: Sale 18 Northampton 13
A matter of necessity—an all-too-familiar start—disappointment—improvement—a mixed bag—new recruits—optimism.
View from the south stand: Sale 15 Saracens 15
A perplexing time—A failure of planning?—A more even contest—Early hopes dashed—Hope restored—A lack of self-belief?—Honours even—Inspiring talent—Clouds on the immediate horizon
View from the south stand: Sale 34 Connacht 13
A prescient quip—an exciting prospect—early disappointment—nip and tuck—evenly balanced—a change of attitude—determination—cutting loose—sitting pretty.