Pow­ell pre­dicts Malins re­ac­tion

The Rugby Paper - - Premiership Rugby Cup -

SARA­CENS’ coach Adam Pow­ell has backed fly­half Max Malins to come back stronger af­ter the for­mer Eng­land U20 star strug­gled against Sale.

Malins’ in­volve­ment was cru­cial in their sec­ond try but the pivot was er­rant with his kick­ing out of hand, which of­ten re­lieved the pres­sure on the hosts.

Pow­ell said: “Max is an un­be­liev­ably tal­ented player, he’s one of the top young prospects in the coun­try. Ev­ery­one has the odd game that doesn’t quite go to plan but I have no doubt what­so­ever that he will be back play­ing ex­cel­lently straight away.”

Mean­while, Sharks’ boss for the evening, Neil Briggs, praised the per­for­mance of young wing Ar­ron Reed, who im­pressed in both de­fence and at­tack.

“Reedy was re­ally good,” Briggs said. “He looked a real threat with the ball and de­fen­sively he was good. He’s worked re­ally, re­ally hard.

“I thought he was away at one stage but Marcelo Bosch just got a fin­ger on him.”

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