Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jim at Level Best for Scrap with Warriors

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jim at Level Best for Scrap with Warriors

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FRESH from making his Champions Cup bow for Sale Sharks last weekend, James Williams is keen to continue proving himself, starting with today's clash with Glasgow Warriors.

The former Worcester Warrior kicked a conversion and a penalty in Sale's 30-23 defeat to La Rochelle in France as he made his first appearance for the club since September.

And with qualification in Europe already out of reach for Steve Diamond's men, Williams is keen to make the most of his chance in front of a sold-out AJ Bell Stadium as the Scottish side come to town.

He keeps his place at inside centre after an impressive performance in La Rochelle which saw him convert to flyhalf after a serious injury to USA International AJ MacGinty on the half hour mark. Williams pairs up with Luke James in the midfield.

"I need to keep up that level of performance, learn as much as I can from the senior players and get as much experience as I can," the 22-year-old said.

"For the rest of the year I want to be consistent, when I get an opportunity I want to try and perform at the level I'm playing at and have no dips in performance."

With a number of younger players given an opportunity in the last two matches for the Sharks in Pool 2, Williams is one of a number of players who has been given the chance to shine.

For the rest I want to be have no Three consecutive defeats in Europe dashed Sale's hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages, although a win today could potentially lift them off the bottom of the pile.

James The Warriors have a very slim chance of qualification themselves, with a number of other results needing to go their way if they are to reach the last eight.

The Scottish side endured a pulsating 31-31 draw with Exeter Chiefs last time out, with ill-discipline eventually costing Dave Rennie's side.

Sale will go into today's clash with the Warriors without the suspended Valery Morozov, after the Russian international was sent off in France last weekend.

Although without MacGinty, director of rugby Diamond believes things aren't as bad as first feared for the fly-half: "It's not as bad as we first thought. …

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