After coming on as a replacement in Friday’s game against Wasps, Matt Rogerson revealed he was happy to get his debut under his belt.
Rogerson replaced Laurence Pearce at no. 8 with ten minutes left on the clock, to help see out a 17-13 win in the first round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
“It’s been a long time coming, I’ve wanted to get that under my belt for a while now,” he said.
The youngster played his first Sharks game alongside a number of other Jets graduates, including the Curry brothers and George Nott, with several others among the replacements.
“It’s great to see the young lads stepping up,” explained Rogerson.
“They’ve come in and made an impact on the side, and that’s what we all want to do. It’s good to see the coaching staff putting their faith in us and we’re getting their opportunities.”
Sale has had a rich history of producing young talent throughout the years, with current first team regulars including Will Addison, Mike Haley and Sam James, among others, all coming through the same system.
“They all started out where a lot of us are now, so they’re good role models in that they’ve taken their chances and are now first choice players,” said the 23-year-old.
“Because of that, it’s something we can model ourselves on and try to achieve the same things they have.”
Following the victory over Wasps, the Sharks have now won back-to-back games, and Rogerson said it’s something that gives them confidence going in to this weekend’s fixture against Bristol.
“Those home results are massive because we always pride ourselves on our record at the AJ Bell Stadium. Two wins in a row helps build momentum, and that’s what we’re always looking to do.
“A few weeks ago we put in a good shift and got a big win away to Bristol, but I think they’ll be a different animal this time around because of that result.
“They’ll be looking for revenge, so we’ve got to be on top of our game. They’ll come out fighting so we need to put in another big performance if we’re to get anything out of it.”
This article was written for the Sale Sharks website, and the original post can be viewed here. Image credit to Getty.