Diamond pleased to secure bonus-point win

Date published: October 31 2016

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond admitted he was pleased to secure a bonus-point victory over Bristol at Ashton Gate on Sunday.

Diamond's side managed to score five tries in the victory yesterday, which lifted the side to fifth in the Premiership as the Sharks turn their attention to the LV= Cup.

"We knew Bristol would be fighting for their lives, but you've still got to win," he told Sale Sharks' official website.

"The scoreline flattered us, but I think first half we showed good control, and had very good discipline, and our quickness in the rucks was the difference between the sides.

"We're a lot better side with quick ball, and I thought the referee did a good job at that today. There weren't too many reset scrums. For the neutral, it was a fast entertaining game. We're happy with our lot.

"Sam James showed he was not out of his depth playing at 10, he was Man of the Match for us. He controlled the game very well. I thought Byron McGuigan was brilliant, his wife had a baby over the weekend, so he could have done what most dads do and not play, but he opted to come and play. He scored an outstanding try."

"I don't expect bonus points in this competition, so to come away from it with one is great. We got a few early head knocks, but we recovered from that well. I'm picking from a full strength-side ahead of the Anglo-Welsh Cup."

When asked about Mike Haley's call-up to the England squad, Diamond said: "Mike's has got the x-factor. He's good under the high ball, he is an elusive runner, and difficult to put down; he breaks tackles time and time again.

"I think Eddie has brought him into the squad to take a look at him on the highest stage, and I'm pretty sure if given the chance, Mike wouldn't let anyone down."