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Shane Geraghty grateful to plug the fly-half gap at Bristol Rugby

When Bristol Rugby lost Tusi Pisi to an extended injury they found themselves in a bit of a conundrum at fly-half with fellow ten Adrian Jarvis also hurt.

Add in knocks to Callum Sheedy and Gavin Henson and it was desperate measures for the Aviva Premiership Rugby new boys.

Andy Robinson made an SOS call to Shane Geraghty, and the former England playmaker was only too happy to return to a city he knows well.

He said: “I only came in last Monday. Bristol had a couple of injuries at fly-half so they got in touch. It was a great opportunity, I went to Colston’s School here and I already knew quite a few players in the squad.

“There were people who I’d played with quite a lot who spoke very highly of the club so I made the move.

“It helps with the coaching staff here, there’s Dwayne Peel who I played against a fair few times and then Andy Robinson of course, so it’s great to have that experience.”

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The 30-year-old was chucked in at the deep end, making his debut off the bench in a first West Country derby against Bath Rugby in nearly seven years.

A European Challenge Cup encounter it may have been, but there was no lack of ferocity from either side, with a late Matt Banahan try sealing a 22-6 win for Bath.

There were signs of promise for Bristol though, and with attentions turning back to Aviva Premiership Rugby, Geraghty is determined to use his experience to help the club to their first win of the campaign this weekend.

Sale Sharks are the visitors to Ashton Gate on Sunday in what will be a crucial encounter, and Geraghty insists his team are ready.

He added: “It will be a tough game, they are a very good outfit and had a great season last year.

“They have a very strong pack and dangerous players in the backline so we will have to step it up.

“There were plenty of positives from the Bath game though, our defence was much better but we just need to take our opportunities.

“I really enjoyed my half-hour in that one and it’s good to be back in to build up for the Sale game.”

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