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John Kingston hails his injury-hit Harlequins battlers after win over Sale

Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston was full of praise for his injury-ravaged team as they overcame massive disruption to maintain their unbeaten Aviva Premiership record with a 29-26 win over Sale at the Stoop.

Chris Robshaw, Jamie Roberts and Jack Clifford all picked up injuries in last week's game with Worcester which ruled them out against Sale.

Joe Marler was a late withdrawal with a calf injury, before th e hosts lost a further four players during the course of the game - Nick Evans, Luke Wallace, Will Collier and Owen Evans.

Kingston said: "The win was a massive positive as we dealt with every challenge with unbelievable tenacity, which shows the togetherness of the team.

"Will Collier has broken his ankle and Nick Evans was very frustrated at not being able to return, having failed to pass a head injury assessment.

"Joe (Marler) had a problem with a stamp that he picked up against Gloucester and he had another knock on it at Worcester last week.

"He didn't train with England in the week but we did a bit yesterday and he began to feel it in the warm-up.

"We left it up to him and we erred on the side of caution. It's a strain and he will have a scan but I don't see a problem with him being available for the Six Nations, at this stage."

One of Quins' injury replacements, Tim Swiel, was their hero. He scored 24 of his side's points after coming on for Nick Evans in the fifth minute.

He scored a 50-metre solo try and added two conversions and five penalties. Charlie Walker scored the other try for the hosts.

Sale responded with two tries from the impressive Denny Solomona to take his tally to four in only three Premiership games as the visitors deservedly picked up a bonus point. Byron McGuigan also scored a try with Will Addison kicking 11 points by adding three penalties and a conversion.

Head coach Steve Diamond said: "I'm satisfied with the bonus point as I've come down here before and lost by 50 points.

"Our performances in the past two weeks have been much better and if we play like that, we won't lose another game at home this season.

"We need to get security in this competition ahead of recruitment for next season but we need to have a bit more control and get the ball to Denny (Solomona), who certainly knows where the whitewash is."

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