Josh Charnley said that scoring his first try for Sale Sharks is a monkey off his back, despite being disappointed with the result.
The Sharks lost 32-12 against Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell Stadium, with Charnley dotting down the first of his side’s two tries.
“When you’re a winger, you want to score tries, it’s what you get paid for,” said the cross-code convert.
“It’s frustrating to have gone so long without scoring – it’s probably the longest I’ve ever gone without a try. It’s good to finally get one and I hope there’s many more to come.”
Charnley joined the club at the end of the 2016 Super League season and has slowly settled in to the new code, having never played union before.
Having opened his Sharks account in Friday night’s loss, the 25-year-old admitted that not having a break between seasons has been a test.
“I’ve played back-to-back seasons, almost 20 months of rugby, and it has taken its toll on my body,” he said.
“I’m starting to feel it now so I’m looking forward to knuckling down, getting this season boxed off and then getting a good pre-season in.”
Although jubilant to have dotted down for the first time in what was his 12th outing in a Sale jersey, Charnley echoed the feelings of disappointment felt by players and fans alike.
Speaking after Friday night’s game, he revealed that the camp is upset not to have put on a good performance.
“It was disappointing. We want to win every game in our own back yard and we haven’t been able to do that again, so we’re upset.
“We trained hard for the past two weeks and have nothing to show for it since beating Wasps. We’ve got a little break now so we need to reflect on everything we did wrong today.”
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