Sport is cruel. Sale Sharks crashed to an unexpected home defeat at the week-end which saw them miss out on the end-of-season play-offs. We're doubly disappointed on malehealth as Sale of course are coached by our fitness columnist Scott Pearson. Tough luck, Scott. Clearly the players aren't reading your columns closely enough!
Still the future still looks pretty good for the 2005-06 champions with Andrew Sheridan, Charlie Hodgson and Richard Wigglesworth all being selected for the England squad to play in New Zealand next month. They'll line up alongside Matthew Tait who joins the Sharks next season.
It's also worth remembering how far the team have come. Sale is a town of just 50,000 people yet on Saturday the Sharks played in front of over 10,000. Very impressive and ten times the sort of crowd they used to attract as an amateur side in the early 90s.