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Odogwu confident Sale Sharks will learn quickly

Odogwu confident Sale Sharks will learn quickly

Flying wing Paolo Odogwu has promised Sale Sharks will learn from their recent Aviva Premiership Rugby defeat at home to Gloucester and quick as they look to climb the table.

It has been a mixed start for Sale this season, an opening day loss at Newcastle Falcons has been followed by a win against Harlequins at the AJ Bell Stadium, followed by a 26-13 loss against the Cherry and Whites in Manchester last week.

Odogwu, who joined the Sharks from Leicester Tigers in the summer and has already been compared to former Sale wing Jason Robinson, has featured in the last two games for Steve Diamond’s men.

Consistency was a word that was spoken about heavily at Sale over the summer and Odogwu has vowed the Sharks will right the wrongs of their Gloucester loss at Worcester Warrior’s Sixways this weekend.

“It was a frustrating game really because our general structure and play was a lot better than it was against Quins,” he said.

“We were moving the ball a lot better and were getting into the positions we needed to be in to win the game, but we gave away too many penalties like off our own mauls.

“Greig Laidlaw was always going to kick those so it’s those little margins we need to work on for Worcester.

We got broken through the middle twice, which is something you 100 per cent never want.

“Also we gave away three penalties for a high arm which is something that can be avoided. We watched it back and everyone who committed the fouls said ‘Yeah I shouldn’t have done that’.

“It’s frustrating because we had some good opportunities to win which we didn’t execute.

“On the flipside against Quins we were kicking our points and we got the win, so it felt almost like the complete opposite for us.”

Former England under-20 winger, Odogwu, has been enjoying life in Manchester and admits his personal performances this season are going in the right direction.

“I’m just looking to show the same form against Worcester and then of course against Leicester,” he added.

“I think Christian Wade and I beat the most defenders on the past weekend and I’m third in the league overall at that at the moment, plus having played a game less than most of the players.

“Hopefully I can keep on doing what I’m doing and get a few more chances to exploit other teams.

I used to do a lot of athletics and football. I was always quite a chubby kid but weirdly I could still step. Obviously there are quite a few players who are bigger than me height wise so I started avoiding players.

“I was a lot bigger when I was younger. I moved to 10 (from No 8) when I was in about year nine, then they stuck me on the wing and I’ve been there ever since.

It’s great having such an experienced backline, players like Mike Phillips and Peter Stringer too, I’m trying to feed off them and pick their brains because they’ve played so much more than me.

“They always give you tips but then when I’m on the ball I just think ‘back yourself’.

“Thinking like that has helped me do what I’ve done and they just fill me with confidence.”

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