‘Sale deserved win over Harlequins’ – Diamond

Date published: February 4 2017

Sale boss Steve Diamond said his side deserved their win over Harlequins in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday.

The Sharks won 13-10 thanks to a driving maul try from Neil Briggs and eight points off the boot from captain Will Addison, which moved the side temporarily to the top of Pool 2.

Diamond said: "We needed to win. We have built up some momentum over the last few weeks, and it takes us into Newcastle with some hard work in the bank.

"The two sides wanted to win tonight, so the competition is worthwhile. I think we just edged it, but there were quite a lot of dubious decisions by a young referee but that's the way it goes.

"I think we played really well in the first half, and they turned the wind off at half time! We just couldn't convert the chances we had, and they were spirited and are a good side at home so I'm glad we stayed patient and 'eeked' out the win in the end. We probably just deserved it."

Focusing on captain Addison, Diamond added: "Will is a good player as we know, he leads the side really well, and playing really well at the moment, but a lot of young lads did well tonight – Curry, Flynn, Nott. All our young lads are coming through."

Looking at matters back in the Premiership, Diamond said: "We've got to win in the league, we're not used to being down where we are and we've got to win. We've got two back-to-back home games coming up against Wasps and Newcastle, and we've got to be at our atritional best.

"The victory against Quins has done us a lot of good defensively and winning the game ugly – everyone thinks we throw the ball around, we've got to prepare to win in the Premiership at any costs and it was a really good battle."