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Sale Sharks intend to show actions speak louder than words

Neil Briggs wants Sale Sharks to let the rugby do the talking in their final four rounds of the season.

Two successive Aviva Premiership Rugby victories leave Sale seventh in the table, nine points behind Leicester Tigers with a game in hand.

Steve Diamond’s team do not have to play any of the teams above them in the table, nor do they have the distraction of European competition.

But, rather than shout about their chances of gate crashing the top four, hooker Briggs would prefer to walk the walk than talk the talk.

“There’s a big emphasis here on rather than telling people what you want or are hoping to do, just crack on and show people instead,” said the 30-year-old.

“No-one wants to be sat there with egg on their face.

“That’s the beauty with this place, there’s an edge about it, it’s about actions not words.

“That’s what gets you recognition at this club, that’s what they want and that’s why we are what we are and we do what we do, because we have a good set of boys who all want the same thing.”

Sale’s recent form is all the more impressive when you consider they have had to do without Briggs for sections of their last two games.

And the front row knows he must curb his enthusiasm.

“It’s never a good sign to get yellow carded,” he added.

“It puts pressure on the team and they have to work extra hard to make your tackles.

“I hold my hands up. Twice now I’ve had to apologise, nobody likes doing it once never mind twice.

“Fortunately enough the management have looked on it as a team thing, an accumulation of things and I ended up being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“But I need to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“The frustration is the shoulda, woulda, couldas come in.

“When you play on Friday night and you’ve got two days off before you come back in on Monday, the demons are at you and you’re looking at the video every time hoping the video changes from a yellow card and it doesn’t.

“Should I have done it? Would it have made a difference if I’d have stayed on? Could we have won the game?

“But you can’t do that, it’s gone. So the only thing I can do is make sure I get back and do everything I possibly can to help the team.”

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