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Brewer to stick with first team


Mike Brewer

Mike Brewer

Mike Brewer

Sale Sharks boss Mike Brewer will parade an unchanged team against Aviva Premiership rivals Saracens on Sunday, declaring: "I am not into rotation."

New Zealander Brewer has said same-again to the side that comfortably accounted for Newcastle in last weekend's Premiership opener, although fit-again England wing Mark Cueto reappears on replacement duty.

"I'm not a coach who is into rotation," said Brewer. "The only time I will rotate is to give rest, if players are on the back of a four-match run, and depending on what is coming up as far as the structure of the season."

He added: "I'm a firm believer, particularly in certain positions, that players need to get a run of games to get form.

"If players perform, they deserve to get the jersey, and that also breeds competition as well. Players want to keep challenging each other to get the jersey."

Despite Saracens losing their first game against London Irish at Twickenham, recent history is on their side for Sunday's Vicarage Road encounter.

Sale have recorded a solitary Premiership away win since January last year, while 14 previous visits to Watford have netted one victory, and that was in 2005.

"Regarding away games, I've had a look at the overall picture," added Brewer. "To make the top six we need to win four or five away games out of the 11. I don't believe we can pick and choose them.

"We've just got to try and win the first one, then the second one, that's the way it is. If we go with that attitude, we going to pick up the odd one, two, the odd 11 - who knows?"

Saracens rugby director Brendan Venter said: "Saracens will be hurting. I know Brendan - he's a very proud man. They're going to have that little bit more edge, and their accuracy levels are going to be high. We are going down there with a game-plan, and we think we can beat them. It's about us stopping them playing."

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