Braid’s speech inspired ‘soft’ Sale

Date published: November 1 2014

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Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond revealed that Dan Braid’s half-time chat to his players was crucial in their win over Wasps.

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond revealed that Dan Braid’s half-time chat to his players was crucial in their win over Wasps.

Nick Macleod’s late kick secured a 32-29 win for the Sharks on Saturday, but Diamond had been unhappy with the performance.

“We physically weren’t in it in the first half, we were soft,” said Diamond.

“Dan Braid did the team-talk at half-time, we, the coaches, didn’t go in and it was down to Dan to sort that physicality side of things out, but it got progressively better.

“We go to Welford Road next week (to face Leicester) and we’ll see if we can get something out of that. If we do, it will stand us in good stead of going through.

“This competition is important for us and that’s why we put out a spine of the team like we did today. When you’re in the Heineken Cup (European Champions Cup) and the group that we’re in, it’s difficult to win games.

“The Premiership we know is also hard to win games in so a win’s a win and it does give us some confidence, and a bonus-point win will set us up for next week.”

Bath coach Brad Davis praised his players highly, despite leaving the AJ Bell Stadium without the win.

“I thought the effort and commitment was outstanding from a lot of players who haven’t played a lot of rugby and I thought we were desperately unlucky not to come away with a bit more out of the game.

“There were a lot of guys who hadn’t played at this level and guys who had come in at really short notice and I thought they represented the club with distinction.”

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