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No panic for Sale Sharks despite injury-hit failure in the JP Morgan sevens series final

By Charlie Morgan

Sale Sharks captain for the night Jordan Davies insists the squad would not be hitting the panic button despite failing to fire during the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series final.

Having qualified in second place from their home pool on July 20 the Sharks had hoped to lay down a marker for the new Aviva Premiership campaign on a star-studded night in front of a sell-out crowd in Bath.

However, after injury robbed them of experienced skipper Johnny Leota a youthful Sale failed to hit their straps suffering a demoralising 33-12 defeat to Saracens in their opening game before narrowly losing to Gloucester and finishing bottom of Group A.

But while Sharks fans may be concerned by how things panned out at the Rec 22-year-old centre Davies is adamant the future is bright at the club.

“We’re not depressed, 7s wise it was good just to get out there after pre-season and get rid of that nervous energy you get before the season,” he said.

“In the first game we have got a few new faces in and Saracens showed up and played well. in a way I think we panicked and got a bit nervous in the first game and kind of threw it away and again in the second one.

“It was just simple little mistakes like one-on-one tackles and you have to make them in 7s. If you don’t you won’t be able to win the game.

“Performance-wise we played a bit better here because in the first tournament you had a few teams who only played youngsters so it’s a lot easier to put points on against 16-17 year-olds who haven’t got much experience. But here you had Aviva Premiership 7s teams.”

Davies – who spent last season on loan at Leeds Carnegie – wasn’t expecting to be captain for the evening with 28-year-old Samoan Leota set for a key role.

But when the opportunity to wear the armband was mentioned the youngster from Eccles jumped at the chance.

“It’s always good to be named captain. It shows you have been working hard in pre-season and they’ve given you responsibility over the team so it’s always a good thing to be named captain,” he added.

“I got the text the day before saying that Johnny had injured his knee and needed to be rested so it was a last-minute thing but it’s always good to be called upon.”

For all the latest news and results from the final round of the J.P Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series, visit www.jpmorgan7s.com

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