Sale: Mark Cueto eager to claim Premiership try record

Mark Cueto is keen to finally beat friend Steve Hanley and become the top try scorer in Premiership history.

The Sale winger, 33, crossed for his 75th league try in the vital win over Worcester Warriors on Friday, equalling former team-mate Hanley's mark.

"It's nice to equal him and it would be nice to beat him. It's his claim to fame," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

Top Premiership try scorers

75: Mark Cueto, Steve Hanley

70: Tom Varndell

68: Paul Sackey

66: Tom Voyce

63: James Simpson-Daniel

(Statistics correct to 2 January 2013)

Cueto joked: "If you add international tries, I would have beaten him years ago, but he won't take that."

Cueto scored 20 tries in 55 games for England, while Hanley, who was forced to retire prematurely because of injury, scored once in his solitary appearance for England against Wales in 1999.

Bottom club Sale, who saw John Mitchell leave the club for personal reasons on Saturday, won for only the second time in the Premiership this season against the Warriors.

It closed the gap between themselves and second-from-bottom London Irish to a single point.

"I'd never felt like I'd felt before that game," added Cueto. "It sounds dramatic but you're playing for your job.

"If we'd lost, you'd have to be honest and say you couldn't see a way back.

"In the back of my mind, I felt that if we lost, we would get relegated. You can't explain how massive it was."