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“No disgrace in defeat” – Diamond

Steve Diamond has said there is “no disgrace” in yesterday’s loss at Allianz Park, having been lost out to reigning Premiership champions Saracens.

Cameron Neild and Magnus Lund scored tries for the Sharks in the 29-18 loss, the latter dotting down for his first Premiership score in since 2007.

Speaking after the game, the Sale Director of Rugby said that simple errors cost his side in the first half.

“In the first half we were outgunned, they were more streetwise and we had a couple of errors that they capitalised on,” he said.

“When you give a team like Saracens those opportunities, they will take them. At half time we said that we weren’t playing like the Sale of the past two months, let’s have a go and get in position for a losing bonus point, if not win it.

“There’s no disgrace in that performance. We’re not too disheartened, and we’ve now got three home games that we can win. We’ll congratulate Saracens and move on.”

Will Addison slotted a solitary penalty before having to be withdrawn due to an injury he sustained when challenging for a high ball in the early knockings of the game.

AJ MacGinty slotted in at fly-half with Sam James moving to outside centre, and Diamond revealed the extent of the Addison’s injury.

“They think he might have broken a small bone in his foot, but we’ll have to wait to look at it properly,” he explained.

“He’s really influential for us, he’s one of our best players and he’s been skippering really well.”

The result means Sale remain in tenth place of the Aviva Premiership as we narrow in on the final rounds of the season.

Having seen off a barren run of 10 games without a win, Diamond was asked if he was still worried about the possibility of relegation, to which he replied: “Why should we be?

“The last five years we’ve finished in the top six or seven and we didn’t play particularly well. There’s a lot of talk about us losing ten in a row but five of those were against Saracens and Toulon. Most sides would find themselves in a similar position,” he continued.

“We just need to be a bit more streetwise and learn quicker, and then we will always be competitive.”

To round up his post-match press conference, Diamond also shed a little bit of light on any possible signings for next season.

“We’re recruiting well, and we’ll be announcing those over the next two or three weeks.”

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

 

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