Costly missed kick frustrates Diamond

Date published: November 29 2015

Steve Diamond was left wondering what might have been after a crucial missed kick from Danny Cipriani for Sale against Newcastle.

As a result of Cipriani's late miss the two sides drew 15-15, with Diamond citing another costly miss earlier in the season against Harlequins to highlight just how fine the margins are in the Premiership.

Saturday's draw prevented Sale from creeping into the Premiership's top six.

"Let's be honest, we should have kicked the goal at the end to win the game," Diamond said.

"We should have kicked the goal against Harlequins to win the game so we're six points off where we should be.

"With what's happening at the moment, where people want to go to so-called super clubs, we should be in the top three tonight after our last two league games.

"We've got to look at that and go again. We've got to go to Gloucester, which is a difficult place to go on a Friday night, and get something out of it.

"We're a good team, we've got a good set of lads and we're better than that, which is the disappointment. They know that in no uncertain terms. If you want to be in the top four or top six you've got to win your home games."

Newcastle boss Dean Richards on the other hand was more pleased with his side's performance, although questioned some calls by referee Craig Maxwell-Keys.

"You could either say it was two points won or two points lost and it was probably the latter. It was disappointing in some respects but when you bear in mind the conditions and the fact we scored two tries, I was pleased," Richards said.

"I was pleased with the enthusiasm and the commitment. Sometimes we made some judgement errors but in conditions like that you're going to.

"On the whole I was pleased with the boys, even though there were some mixed emotions. I was disappointed they didn't get the four points, but happy they got two.

"There were three errors and they are big game-changers the referees have to get right on a week-by-week basis," he added.

"They don't get it right quite often and it has a massive impact on the way the game unfolds. Thankfully, Danny didn't get his kick at the end but there were three big decisions that I felt weren't right on the day."