This Sunday sees Sale Sharks take on Harlequins in the Premiership Rugby Cup final at AJ Bell Stadium.
Sharks’ strong cup performances have seen them unbeaten in the competition and they are now looking to lift the trophy for the first time in a season where they have been unplayable at home.
Here is a look at the route to what could be an historic final for Sale Sharks:
Sale Sharks 39 Northampton Saints 18 (Round 1, Saturday 21st September)
Sharks sailed to victory against current cup holders Northampton Saints with a standout performance from Simon Hammersley.
The former Newcastle Falcons fullback guided his new club to victory on his debut with two key tries and got their cup campaign off to a strong start.
Saracens 17 Sale Sharks 36 (Round 2, Saturday 28th September)
Sharks came out on top in the second-round clash with Saracens, ending the home team’s 23-match winning streak. Saracens fought hard to mount a comeback in the second half and were five points behind Sharks with 33 minutes to go. Late tries from Sale’s Byron McGuigan and Dan du Preez quashed any hopes of Saracens continuing their excellent run of form.
Sale Sharks 24 Wasps 20 (Round 3, Saturday 5th October)
In their third match of the competition, Wasps left the hosts with a mountain to climb at half time as they trailed by 10 points.
Denny Solomona was the hero as he turned the tie around in the second half, scoring two tries to give Sharks the advantage. Accurate conversions from Dan du Preez ensured Sale went home with a well-earned victory.
London Irish 22 Sale Sharks 27 (Round 4, Saturday 12th October)
Sharks once again fought back from behind in the second period to win after an impressive first half display from London Irish left them trailing 15-10 at halftime.
Another strong performance after the interval from the Sharks saw them gain a five-point advantage in the 73rd minute with a try from Akker van der Merwe.
Sale Sharks 28 Saracens 7 (Semi-final, Friday 7th February)
Sharks did the double over Saracens at the AJ Bell Stadium with Denny Solomona running in the first try after only 90 seconds.
Sharks continued in the same vein and by half time found themselves 21-0 up after a merciless first half.
The game was already beyond any doubt as an improved second half performance could not rescue the game for the Sarries.
Sale Sharks booked their place in this year’s Premiership Rugby Cup final with a convincing 28-7 win and kept their hopes of a long-awaited trophy alive.