By Thomas Branston
Bristol Rugby winger Tom Varndell is closing in on the Premiership’s top try scorer record despite spending a season playing in the GK IPA Championship.
The 31 year-old is in pursuit of overtaking Mark Cueto’s try-scoring record as the former Sale Sharks winger tops the list having scored 90 tries.
The Bristol wing has scored seven tries in his last three outings and is currently on 89 tries and has the opportunity to level or overtake Cueto’s record today as they travel to a struggling Sale Sharks.
Sale were victors last time out with a 31-13 win at Ashton Gate when the two sides met in October but, since then, the Sharks have lost their last seven games in a row in all competitions.
Bristol on the other hand claimed their first Premiership win of the season on boxing day with a 28-20 win over fellow strugglers Worcester Warriors. This being their first league win since their first top-flight game back in March 2009.
Varndell scored a hat-trick as the west country based club held on after Tusi Pisi was awarded an early red card.
The England international reiterated how important the win was to the side.
He said: “Today we knew it was all or nothing. We have had a good run in Europe the last couple of weeks, which has done wonders for our confidence. To win the way we did with 14 men is a massive credit to the whole team.
“We want to be in this league next year and you have got to make winning a habit. We know what it is going to take.
“It is a massive weight off our shoulders getting that first Premiership win. It has been long overdue and hopefully now we can kick on.”