‘Discipline cost Sale’ – Stringer

Date published: April 9 2016

Sale Sharks scrum-half Peter Stringer feels his side gifted Montpellier easy points in the Challenge Cup quarter-final on Friday.

Benoit Paillaugue kicked 18 penalty points – as well as a conversion to finish with a 20-point haul – to lead the Top 14 side to victory and Stringer believes poor discipline led to Sale's downfall.
"When you have got a quality goal kicker like they do, then we probably did gift them points," he said, after the match.

"We were happy with our defence in the first half, maybe we should have stood off them a bit and not competed as much at the breakdown.

"We gave them penalties which resulted in easy points. We will learn from it."

Stringer said the result was a tough one to take, but insists that the side need to prepare to bounce back against Bath in the Premiership next weekend.

"We are bitterly disappointed; it is never easy when you lose especially when it is on a stage like this in a European quarter-final," he added.

"We felt that we had a lot of the ball, we coughed it up a few times and our discipline wasn't good, which from our point of view is disappointing.

"We outscored them on tries, but the penalties that they kicked kept them in the lead. We are frustrated, the guys gave it everything, but we came up against a very good side today.

"We will regroup from this and prepare for next week for when we take on Bath."