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Perfect end to season for Evans

Bryn Evans has said that beating Bath was the perfect way to end what has been a difficult season for Sale Sharks.

The sides were matched with three tries apiece but an imperious kicking performance from AJ MacGinty edged the Sharks to a three point winning margin.

“We went out there with the intention of playing some rugby and, at times, we did that,” said the lock.

“But we didn’t finish the game off. Bath are a quality side and they came back to take us to the wire.”

Despite seeming disappointed with the fact that his side were not able to close the game out, Evans revealed his relief at the result.

“We’ll take the win. It’s been a tough season and it’s certainly been inconsistent results wise,” the former All Black added.

“There were parts of the game that we were inconsistent again, but the boys bought into what we were trying to do.

The second row forward ended the campaign at the top of the leaderboards for lineout steals, and third for lineouts won, capping off an impressive individual campaign.

But after being mentioned in some Team of the Season selections, he insists that impressive solo performances are not his priority.

“You take that when it comes, but it’s not really part of the job,” said the 32-year-old.

“The only statistic I look at is the points table, and we’ve finished 10th. For me, that’s the biggest disappointment of the season because we’ve got the players here to be better than that.”

Following a season of under-achievement in Evans’ eyes, Sale have made a number of high profile signings to add to their talented young squad ahead of next season.

Faf de Klerk, Jono Ross and Josh Strauss are just three of the players being brought in to replace Sale’s departing contingent.

“Every year we have guys leave and new guys come in, so it’s all about how quickly we can gel ahead of next season,” said Evans.

“We’re bringing in experienced guys so hopefully the rest of the squad can draw from that and we’ll improve as a whole to push on to that next level.”

This article was written for the Sale Sharks website, and the original post can be viewed here.




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