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Jonny Hill urges Sale to seize the moment in Premiership final against Saracens

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England forward Jonny Hill has urged Sale Sharks to seize the moment when they contest their first Gallagher Premiership final for 17 years on Saturday.Five-time champions Saracens stand between Sale and silverware at Twickenham in a heavyweight battle of two clubs fresh from dominating the 20-game regular league season.While Saracens have reached eight Premiership finals, Sale’s solitary appearance came in 2006 when players like Jason Robinson, Mark Cueto, Charlie Hodgson and Sebastien Chabal starred in a 45-20 mauling of Leicester.And having booked a belated return trip to English rugby’s showpiece domestic occasion, Sale lock Hill – a veteran of four Premiership finals with his previous club Exeter – knows the opportunity must not be allowed to pass them by.“I brought it up in a meeting this week that we don’t want to go there, enjoy the day and occasion, think we’ve had a really good season, let’s go and win it next year,” Hill told the PA news agency.“You never know, we might not get there for another 17 years, so let’s make the most of this weekend.

How we do that, there are ways and techniques.“A lot of these boys have never been to Twickenham, not even as a fan, so it was important to have a look at it all on Friday so that once we rock up on Saturday we will just be focused on the rugby and putting our best forward.“We are in uncharted territory, really.

There are quite a lot of players who haven’t experienced that big game in a big arena.“It will be very close to a Test match, if not right there.

Our preparation this week has been geared towards the hardest game we will have to play.“Sale have got a golden crop of young lads coming through, which Exeter had.

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