Diamond relieved after Sale victory

Date published: October 6 2014

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Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond admitted to being relieved after his side’s 25-14 victory over Wasps on Sunday.

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond admitted to being relieved after his side’s 25-14 victory over Wasps on Sunday.

The Sharks went into the game with just one win – over the bottom-placed London Welsh – from their four opening games.

And Diamond conceded they were under pressure to get their campaign back on track with a victory over Wasps.

“There was a relief in the changing room afterwards, we needed the win,” he said.

“What we’ve tried to do is not stress the team and put them under too much pressure, but there’s a time when the talking has to stop.”

Wasps went into the fixture without England internationals James Haskell and Joe Launchbury and Diamond feels that leaving out such experienced players cost the visitors in the end.

“They thought it was right that they rested and rotated players, and I would like to have a squad big enough to do that, but they chose the squad to come up and thought they could beat us with that,” he added.

“In this competition with the mid-table sides, I think you’ve got to be putting your best side out every week because everybody can knock each other over, as has been proven already this year.”

Wasps boss Dai Young defended his decision to leave out Haskell and Launchbury as the duo were carrying knocks.

“We don’t rotate because I don’t think that works really,” explained Young.

“We’re in two very tough tournaments this season whereas last season we were in the Amlin where we could rest the players.

“It wasn’t a case of resting players for rests sake, the guys that we rested needed that rest, otherwise they were going to break down.

“Launchers has got a bit of a neck strain. If it was a cup final he could have played but we have a responsibility to look after him and make sure he’s right.

“It’s the same with Hask. We’ve all seen his performances to date, he’s been totally battered and hasn’t trained all week.”

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