Diamond happy with tough win

Date published: November 5 2016

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond applauded the performance of his youngsters as they edged out Wasps in their Anglo-Welsh Cup fixture.

The Sharks won 17-13 at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday, with tries from Mark Jennings and Sam Bedlow plus seven points from Tom Arscott's boot seeing the home team come out on top in miserable conditions against Wasps, whose try-scorers were Guy Thompson and Jacob Umaga.

After the game, Diamond was full of praise for his young squad, saying: "I thought the two sides, which have been put together this week and not played much together, did pretty well in atrocious conditions. It wasn't the best of spectacles, but we just needed to win, so I'm happy.

"Wasps are a good side, they're good at the breakdown so we couldn't have the clean ball we wanted but that's the way it goes some times."

Speaking to Sale's website about particular players, he added: "I thought the Curry's were great, they were physical, as was Cameron Neild. Laurence Pearce played his first game in a while and showed what he can do when carrying the ball.

"Mike Phillips captained it well. Tom Arscott put in a good performance, it was good to see him back and we were going to bring him off at 60 but he felt fine, he kicked well and received the high ball well.

"They (the youngsters) were great tonight, full of endeavour and enthusiasm. If you get an opportunity, you need to take it, and the Curry's have done that tonight.

"I thought George Nott did really well as did Matt Rogerson. You give these lads an opportunity to shine, and they are doing."