Sale Sharks captain Dave Seymour insists the prospect of qualifying for the European Champions Cup drove them to a 55-12 victory over Exeter Chiefs, and not the opportunity to impress England coach Andy Farrell.
The desire to play European Champions Cup rugby next season, rather than to impress watching England backs coach Andy Farrell, proved the biggest motivating factor for Sale Sharks, according to captain Dave Seymour.
Steve Diamond’s men ran in eight tries to record their biggest Premiership win in six years and secure a first ever victory at Sandy Park.
Danny Cipriani and Michael Paterson, England-qualified New Zealand-born lock, will have been among those who caught Farrell’s eye ahead of the summer tour to New Zealand.
However, guaranteeing a sixth-place finish and a spot in Europe’s top flight competition next season was the sweetest outcome for Sale, after they spent last year fighting relegation.
“There are definitely a few guys who are staking a claim for an England place, but no one really spoke about that before the game,” said Seymour, who scored one of Sale’s tries, with the others coming from Sam Tuitupou (2), Paterson, Tom Arscott, Dwayne Peel, Tom Brady and Andrei Ostrikov.