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Sale Sharks’ skipper Dave Seymour wants to build momentum in ‘massive’ LV=Cup tie against Scarlets

By James Scott

Sale Sharks flanker Dave Seymour championed the importance of the LV=Cup in building confidence ahead of their clash with Welsh side Scarlets at Salford City Stadium. 

With Sale’s European adventure completed, the focus is now on two crucial cup fixtures against Scarlets and London Wasps, before resuming Aviva Premiership duties.

Although the Sharks are eager to return to addressing their Premiership safety in February, Seymour insisted the LV=Cup is an opportunity to breed confidence in the side.

“These LV=Cup games are massive,” said the Englishman. “They are the last two real opportunities to get some momentum going ahead of the Aviva Premiership games.

“If we can get some good results there’s a good chance we can get into the semi-final and that’s why we play sport, to get into play-off games.

“February is a big month with that block of Premiership games but we take every game as it comes and hopefully we can improve.

“It’s all about us improving in what we do with the ball and without the ball and that’s all we’re thinking about.

Sale Sharks have recorded just one win in nine games in all competitions, with their last victory coming in the 33-27 home victory against Worcester Warriors.

High-Wycombe-born Seymour stressed the importance of engineering a winning run through their home games and using the Salford City Stadium atmosphere to their advantage.

“Home games are always massive,” said the former Saracens man.

“We’ve got a great support up here and the fans are extremely loud every home game.

“Obviously in the new stadium it takes a bit of time getting used to it and the fans have been great.

“I think we’ve got five out of the last nine at home so in any Premiership season the home games are massive for everyone.”

Sale and Scarlets will be looking to turn a corner after finishing bottom of their Heineken Cup groups, but the 28-year-old insisted their European campaign was a positive one.

“For the young guys to get that experience was invaluable,” said Seymour.

“Heineken Cup rugby’s tough in terms of matches and you don’t get to play in it every year and we were fortunate to be in it this year.

“Toulon at home was a massive result for us when you consider the changes we’ve had in the coaching staff and with the two injuries.

“In the last two games a lot of the youngsters played and I think that’s the most important thing,  they really stood up to be counted in the last two games.”

Sale welcome back Dwayne Peel after injury and Scottish Six Nations Members Alasdair Dickinson and Richie Vernon are included, but Kearnan Myall replaces Richie Gray.   

Dan Braid starts at flanker after missing out on Heineken Cup action, while Henry Thomas makes the bench having recovered from his injury sustained in September.

Line Ups – 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Rob Miller, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Charlie Amesbury, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dwayne Peel, 1 Alasdair Dickinson, 2 Marc Jones, 3 Tony Buckley, 4 Kearnan Myall, 5 Tom Holmes, 6 Dan Braid, 7 David Seymour (Captain), 8 Richie Vernon

Replacements – 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Fraser Mckenzie, 20 James Doyle, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Jordan Davies, 23 Charlie Ingall.

Image courtesy of Sale Sharks, via YouTube, with thanks.

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