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Published 04/11/2016

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond was pleased to beat Wasps
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond was pleased to beat Wasps

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond was pleased with the display of his makeshift side as they overcame Wasps 17-13 in their opening match of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Josh Charnley made his debut off the bench, and could make his first start against Bristol next week, but the wing had little to do in the 20 minutes that he was on the field.

Instead, the game was effectively decided before then with the Sharks taking a 17-8 lead through Mark Jennings and Sam Bedlow tries.

Although Jacob Umaga, nephew of All Blacks' great Tana, reduced the arrears for Wasps, the Manchester outfit held on as they got their campaign off to a winning start.

"For a side that have just been put together - they've not been playing much as a team - I thought they did pretty well in what were atrocious conditions for most of the game," Diamond said.

"It wasn't the best spectacle but we just needed to win really.

"The maul went pretty well. Wasps are good at the breakdown so we couldn't get as much clean ball as we wanted but that's the way it goes sometimes."

Wasps also had facets of the game to be pleased about, according to forwards coach Andy Titterrell, as their young team competed well against a more experienced front-five.

"We always knew that it would be tough coming up here on a Friday night," Titterrell said.

"We asked the boys to front up and provide a platform and I think they did that in the first half.

"In the second half a sloppy first five minutes allowed Sale back into the game and then we just struggled to get a platform from thereon in."

The Midlanders' line-out malfunctioned after the interval and Titterrell, a former hooker, put that down to the alterations up front.

He added: "We had a few changes in the pack, a new front-row altogether and we had a new second-row come on as well. It's an opportunity and a learning curve for those players; that's what tonight was about."

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