McGuigan upbeat ahead of Sale opener

Date published: August 22 2016

Sale centre Byron McGuigan hopes he has done enough to make the match 23 when they play against Falcons.

McGuigan was speaking after the side’s 33-28 victory over Edinburgh Rugby on Friday night, and he said the side are still striving to improve heading into the first league game.

McGuigan told the official Sale Sharks website: “It was always going to be a step up from last week, trying to get everything together against good opposition. The game at times was scrappy, but there was a lot of determination – the boys put their bodies on the line out there. This is a learning curve for us, so over the upcoming weeks, we’ll tighten things up and take the positives from this game.

“With friendlies, you want to see where you are at – everyone is trying to buy into the same thing. Mistakes are normal in these games, especially against some good opposition, so we’ll go back, review and get some new points to work on heading into Newcastle Falcons next week.”

He added: “It’s tough – a lot of boys played well, I thought at times I played well, but there’s still a lot I can learn going forward over next two weeks so let’s see how it goes – I’d like to think I’ve done enough but there’s a lot of talented players in the squad.”