Tim and I are avid Sale Sharks supporters. And just like the Natal Sharks it is a rocky road of ups and downs. Last year we had a brilliant season, but this year we were riddled with injuries and were struggling terribly.
Jason Robinson, Sale Sharks captain and hero of many fans, had his last game last night. There was a lot of hype surrounding his last game and everyone secretly hoped we’d win, but the Bath game was bound to be a hard one.
We were trailing 20-23. The last 5 minutes of the game were a series of penalties, kicks for the corner and Sale trying to get over the try line, but it just seemed not to be. With one minute on the clock we got a scrum about 5 yards from the try line. Everyone held their breath (except for the annoying Bath supporter who brings his kids to every Sale match and sits directly behind us, who thought it was all over). We knew this would be the last movement of the match…. And as if by magic we got our fairytale finish with 10 seconds left on the clock. Robinson burst onto the ball 30 metres out and tore past the Bath defence to bid farewell to the adoring Sale faithful in style.
We had won. The crowd went NUTS!!! I was so excited I nearly cried!!
But there was a conversion to be taken. Lee Thomas (usual kicker) picked up the ball and instead of setting it up for the kick, he walked over and gave it to Jason. Give him the opportunity to convert his last, memorably try. Unfortunately he didn’t get it over, but he was very much the hero.
What a way to go!!!