Mission accomplished for Sale

Date published: January 28 2017

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond says his side ticked plenty of boxes in their 41-3 victory over Cardiff Blues in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The Sharks crossed for seven tries on Friday, with number eight Laurence Pearce claiming a brace, as they moved to the top of their group.

Diamond’s charges are now pushing for a semi-final place, as their focus shifts to tackling Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop next Friday.

“We asked them to nil the team in tries, we asked the set-piece to be dominant and we asked them to score more than five tries, and we managed to do that,” the boss told Sale’s website following their win.

“We always had the game under control but anybody watching that would think that we had a knock-on coach the amount of times we gave the ball away.

“There was a lot of nervous energy. They all want to do well and sometimes you try too hard and that’s what looked like was happening.”

He added: “When you’ve got a player like Denny Solomona on your team and you only get the ball to him once in the second half it’s not great game-management, so we’ll work on that.

“We’re now looking to beat Harlequins next week to gain a semi-final spot. You’ve just got to win in this competition and see where it takes you.”