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Sisaro Koyamaibole  19-16

Before the Saints match, that was the try count.  Forwards v. Backs. Top scorer Sisa (left). Mathew Tait

"Tait a Tait"

Heineken Cup tries in successive weeks for Sharks and England star Mathew Tait (right), before he went off to Portugal for warm-weather training immediately after the Toulouse match. Our outside centre scored the only England try in a miserable performance against Italy, so the tonic must have done him some good!

 

Charlie Hodgson

Charlie keeps going

Vice captain Charlie Hodgson (left) didn't have his best of days at Cardiff, but his two conversions took him up to 120 points for the season. He's been called up by the England Saxons, who have games against Ireland (at Bath, 31st January) and Italy a week later.

 

No pressure, lads!Marc Jones

Neil Briggs and Eifion Roberts have no trouble, so come on, Marc Jones (right), Jack Forster, Gavin Kerr, Martin Halsall and Mahonri Schwalger - let's have you scoring a try for the Sharks!  Surely a matter of honour amongst the Front Row Union.

Further back, we still await the names Cockbain and Kennedy on the scoresheet.

 

Sisa KoyamaiboleBen and Sisa

Ben Cohen and Sisaro Koyamaibole (left) are joint leading tryscorers at Christmas with three each.  The former England wingman is seemingly more settled now, and the giant Fijian at number 8 has been on the end of some forward heaves twice lately. Next time I see him, must ask him when he last saw snow.  Perhaps in his year at Toulon, he went skiing in the Alps!

 

 

Dwayne Peel

The tries are coming.....

Slowly but surely, the lads are running the ball.  First half at home to Leeds, second half at Headingley, purple patch before half time at Sarries, then the Harlequins (away) tryfest.  At The Stoop, first try for Dwayne Peel (right) in a Sharks' shirt  since the visit of Clermont Auvergne last January.  More, more, more!

Chris Bell

 

Sharks' trivia buffs: for future SSSC Supporters' Quiz Nights with Quizmaster Graeme Bowers (The Voice of the Tank), you won't want to be caught out by being asked to name the team that was practising but never played against the Mudlovers from Wycombe.  It was: Vakacegu, Cueto, M.Tait, Bishop, Cohen, Hodgson, Wigglesworth, Roberts, Briggs, Forster, Schofield, Cox, Fearns, Abraham, Kayamaibole.  Reps.  M.Jones, O'Donnell, Halsall, Gaskell, Seymour, Leck, Bell (left), Macleod.

 

 

Who'll be top try scorer this time round?

Mark Cueto re-captured his touch last season, crossing the whitewash ten times. Worryingly, the next highest was a forward - the lamented and departed Juan Martin 'Corcho' Fernandez Lobbe, with seven.  Charlie Hodgson came next with six. Chris Bell (5), Neil Briggs (4) and Dean Schofield (also 4) followed. Quates made the first move at Kingston Park, then Chris B. and Taity(M) surged across the Sixways whitewash. Eifion 'Fridge' Roberts was the first forward to score a five-pointer, against the Irish.Charlie Hodgson

Care to predict the Charlie (sponsored by UKFast) points this year?

229 last year, with McAlister on 102 and Thomas (also sponsored by UKFast) on 23.  Charlie's toe limited his start to the season, with 'Bomber' on 44 points after 4 games. Then Lee picked up a groin strain.

UKFast sure get a kick out of rugby!

Carl

 

Who'll be the 'new boys' this season?

Men to watch making their breakthrough to the first team are James Gaskell and Carl Fearns (left).  Jonny Kennedy featured in early squad announcements, coming on late against Bath but not used at Worcester, eventually starting in Toulouse. Behind the scrum, will Mark Atkinson get some game time? Fearnsy scored his first try for the club - the 74th minute winner at Headingley.

 

 

In the big time

Sharks' Heineken Cup game at The Municipal Stadium in Toulouse attracted a crowd of 28,534 - the largest crowd to watch the team since the extravaganza against Stade Francais in Paris in December 2006.

James GaskellYoung Jamma leads the way

Lock/flanker James Gaskell (pictured right) received two Man of the Match awards in the first eight games.  Eifion Roberts, Mark Cueto, Lee Thomas, Nick Macleod, Marc Jones, Chris Leck and David Seymour have one each.  Apart from the Heineken Cup game against Cardiff, where Sky's expert summariser made the award, the others come directly from the Director of Rugby and his staff.

Two tries in two games for the Sandbach youngster, by the way......

Patience rewarded

Chris LeckScrum half Chris Leck (left) had a long wait, with Wales wanting Peel and Wiggy being 'returned from Twickenham', but he did everything required of a scrum half against Leeds Carnegie at a soggy Edgeley Park.  Understand he shaded Rob O'Donnell for the 'Man of the match' gong.  Won a bottle of fizz and had his photos taken with the lucky winners in Corporate.

Ed Styles

 

 

Sneaky Styles

Ed Styles (pictured right) sneaked on at number 23 in both games against Leeds in November. Ed, who can play full back or wing, is leading scorer for the Jets, but won't be for much longer if he keeps being selected for the senior squad!