‘Falcons game is a must win’ – Diamond

Date published: February 8 2017

Steve Diamond has said this Friday’s Premiership clash against Newcastle Falcons is a must-win game.

The Sharks return to the Premiership, with three wins on the bounce, and they are set to take on a Falcons side who lie ninth in the table.

Diamond said: “We’ve got to win on Friday night, it’s a must win as all our league games are, with Bristol picking up points, and Worcester beating Harlequins in the previous round of fixtures,” Diamond told the Sale Sharks website.

“It’s close at the bottom of the league, but we’ve just got to win and not worry about any one else around us. If we win our home games, which we’ve got five, we’ll be alright.”

Diamond confirmed that Laurence Pearce and Josh Beaumont aren’t available for selection, due to injury. But apart from that he has a fully fit squad to pick from heading into the clash.

“I’m just looking at winning each week, nothing else. Our mentality for the weekend is that it will be a really hard game. They’ve been playing really well, and they’ve changed the way they play a bit.

“But if we turn up how we’ve turned up over the last five weeks, then they’ve got to play really well to beat us.”