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Diamond reacts to Bath defeat

Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said a number of errors cost his side in Bath’s 30-3 win at the Rec on Friday.

The home side scored tries through Matt Banahan, Kahn Fotuali’i and Kane Palma-Newport, but Sale’s only reply came from the boot of Will Addison.

“We conceded a soft try under the posts and then they took a tap-back from our line out and that made it look like a rout,” he explained.

“I thought the decision to bring back the penalty against Halani Aulika at the other end of the pitch was crucial. At 16-3, I believe we had a chance of a bonus point.”

Dimes went on to praise George Ford’s kicking game, and labelled the Sharks performance as disappointing.

“We made life a little too easy for them, and that’s not the Sale we’re used to and we’re disappointed with that. We reached some highs last week (against Leicester Tigers), but I don’t think we really got out of bed today.

“I think we were error-strewn really. Our kicking game wasn’t very good, and Ford’s was outstanding. We got beaten convincingly in all areas, so I’ve got no complaints.”

Next up for Sale is Scarlets in the European Rugby Champions Cup, and Diamond has said that the competition takes the pressure up a notch.

“I think it’s a fantastic competition that we’ve worked so hard to qualify for, but Europe certainly ups the pressure for everyone.We travel to Scarlets this week which will no doubt be very difficult.”

Sale Sharks open their Champions Cup campaign at Parc y Scarlets, before hosting French giants Toulon at home on Friday 21 October.

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

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