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George Nott confident ahead of Sale Sharks’ run-in

Sale Sharks may have let a 14-point lead slip against Exeter Chiefs last weekend, but forward George Nott believes that the team can take plenty of positives into their final four Aviva Premiership Rugby games of the season.

Sale had the better of the opening exchanges at Sandy Park, with four AJ MacGinty penalties and a Denny Solomona try giving them a 19-5 lead after just 32 minutes.

However, a rejuvenated Exeter fought back to win 30-25 to boost their hopes of securing a home semi-final in the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals.

Steve Diamond’s side are now three games without a win heading into their next fixture against Worcester Warriors a week on Friday.

But 21-year-old Nott – who has impressed since making his Aviva Premiership Rugby debut in February – insists that the club is confident of finishing the season strongly.

“I think more than anything we just want to give a good account of ourselves,” he said.

“We want to just put in good performances and show teams what we can do. We’ve been working hard all season and we want to finally put it all together and finish the season with a few good performances under our belt.

“I think there were plenty of positives to take away from the Exeter game. Coming away with a losing bonus point away at Exeter is quite a good achievement, but it was a blow in the sense that the way we played, we could have easily won the game.

“It’s obviously disappointing not to win but I think we’ve come back quite happy with our performance so we can carry that forward to the Worcester game.

“Obviously it’s a longer break but we still want to keep that momentum and not lose it with the week off. The boys have been working hard in training and we’re just trying to carry on that momentum.”

Nott is one of 13 Sharks stars to have recently tied their future to the club, after he signed a new five-year-deal last week.

With several of the club’s brightest talents leaving for pastures new in recent years, the signatures of Nott and brothers Ben and Tom Curry represents a significant coup for the Greater Manchester club.

And Nott believes the tide could be changing in Sale.

“I’m a fairly local lad so it’s nice to be able to commit my future to a club I’ve supported growing up. I’m really excited for what the future holds,” added Nott.

“Five years is a long time so it allows me to knuckle down in training knowing that I’ve got the security, and just continue to develop now as a player and try to become a key member of the squad.

“I think there’s been a buzz around the place ever since the new owners came in during the summer, and I think this is definitely a big statement of intent by signing so many players and keeping them on.

“One thing we’ve struggled with the last few seasons is losing our top players. I think being able to retain them, on such long deals as well, is a really good thing moving forward.

“We’ve got a good balance of youth and experience in the squad and that’s one of the reasons why so many young players are coming through because the older boys are so keen to help out.

“It’s nice knowing that if we train and play well for our loan clubs or in the A League that we’ll be rewarded with game time.

“I think that Dimes (Steve Diamond) has always done that. He rewards hard work so it’s just staying in the team once you get given the opportunity and I think most of the time, the lads do that.”

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