Diamond delighted with Sale determination

Date published: December 17 2015

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond believes their away victory over Castres could be "a turning point" for his charges heading into 2016.

Last weekend's 17-10 win at Stade Pierre Antoine was an impressive one as it took the Sharks up to second spot in Pool 2 of the Challenge Cup.

And Diamond is confident that the victory will do more good for the team longer term as he lauded his youngsters for their never-say-die attitude.

"I said after the game I can count on one hand how many times we've won a game like that with inexperienced lads in the team," he told BBC Sport.

"People gave everything for the shirt and without a doubt it's a turning point in the club's season because we've lost and drawn three very close games – through pure determination we won.

"There are lads who have stood up to the plate big time and that's what we want, and the group know that."

Another piece of good news coming from the Sale camp is that contract discussions with hooker Tommy Taylor and centre Will Addison appear to be heading in the right direction, according to Diamond.

"We're confident, if I'm honest. Why go to a club [Wasps] that have only finished once above us in five years and lost their last two games?" he said.

"The conversations are all positive and I'll hopefully get a bit of good news out in the next two weeks."