Diamond happy to see the ‘real’ Sale

Date published: November 16 2014

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Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond believes his side showed their true colours in the 36-8 thrashing of London Irish.

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond believes his side showed their true colours in the 36-8 thrashing of London Irish.

A blitzing first half left the Exiles down and out, as Sale head into next week’s clash with Harlequins full of confidence.

“That’s the Sale we know and that’s what we want to see week in week out. I was really pleased with the performance,” said Diamond.

“We just needed to put in more than a 40-minute performance, we probably got a 60/70-minute performance today and I was disappointed to concede a try in the end as we looked so dominant.

“We need to get out of that rollercoaster up and down inconsistency and be consistent. We can travel next week with no pressure on us to Harlequins.”

Irish boss Brian Smith admitted that his team had copped ‘a hiding’, praising Sale’s intensity.

“I thought Sale were good, they brought a lot of intensity to the contest. We feel that we were a bit out-muscled and out-hustled.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off. We’ve been given a bit of a hiding and there are plenty of lessons to learn. The good thing about sport is that a week is a long time and you can turn things around.”

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