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Nev Edwards sparkles in Diamond's Sale

Published 30/01/2016

Steve Diamond enjoyed a Sale home victory
Steve Diamond enjoyed a Sale home victory

Sale boss Steve Diamond hailed the finishing skills of Nev Edwards after the winger maintained his fine form by scoring two tries in the Sharks' 38-10 Aviva Premiership win over London Irish.

The former Rosslyn Park player, who is best friends with Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani, was awarded a senior contract with the Sharks after impressing on a summer trial and has not looked back.

His double at the AJ Bell Stadium brought his total of tries for the season to seven and Diamond believes there is more to come from the 27-year-old.

"Nev does all that we ask of him," said Sale director of rugby Diamond. "Playing with a back-line like we have and being coached the way he has been, he's finding openings and he's a good player so we're really pleased with him.

"He's been a very good find for us and has really taken his chance here."

Brian Mujati, TJ Ioane, Sam James and Sam Tuitupou also touched down for Sale.

"Overall I was very pleased with our performance," Diamond said. "I thought we handled the conditions and the elements really well and we probably left two or three tries out there.

"What we've got is a good team spirit and we are sticking to the plan. Right now we are putting teams away which is good and converting what we do in practice into a game day.

"The players are actually becoming easier to coach as they are doing it themselves which is a really encouraging sign. What we we can't do is get too cocky as we've got to go to Leicester next week, but I've told the players to enjoy the rest of the weekend."

In sharp contrast, London Irish head coach Tom Coventry admitted his side had been off the pace in a gloomy assessment.

"It was a backward step today," Coventry said. "There have been some highlights over the past few weeks but today was certainly not one of those.

"I thought we did okay up until half-time but I don't think we ever had any control of the match and Sale were definitely more physical than us in most phases of the game.

"Many of our guys had had a couple of weeks off to freshen them up and maybe we freshened them up too much as they played like they were short of a run.

"We are conscious of how poor we were and there's already been a few words said about the importance of next week when we play Worcester at home."

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