Nott positive for the rest of the season

Date published: March 31 2017

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 Premiership 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 a home semi-final in the 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 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.