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Steve Diamond twinkling after Sale Sharks end winning drought

Sale Sharks' director or rugby Steve Diamond praised his side's attacking mindset after they defeated Newcastle Falcons 26-24 at the AJ Bell Stadium for their first Premiership triumph since October.

The Greater Manchester outfit scored three tries through Denny Solomona, Byron McGuigan and Bryn Evans, but Vereniki Goneva's hat-trick and another effort by Juan Pablo Socino looked to have given the visitors the victory.

However, Will Addison's late penalty - his third of the night - saw the Sharks snatch the win.

Newcastle's final two touchdowns came from loose passes by Sale but Diamond credited his team's ambition, positivity which he believed helped them eventually overcome the Falcons.

"We stuck to our guns, we were always trying to play rugby, we went down the shortside and they got two interceptions, but we're not going to say anything bad about that," he said.

"That's how we want to be playing. The scrum was good all night, it became dominant in the last 15 minutes and we got the penalty to win it.

"We've played well since Christmas if I'm honest. We lost to Bristol in a game we should never have lost and we were hard done by down in Harlequins."

Diamond also believes that, should they eradicate those errors, the Sharks will become a significant threat.

He added: "When we stop giving sides 20 points then we will be where we were last year, but we're a way off that yet.

"We've got four wins under our belt and we've got Wasps in 10 days so we'll see how we do against them."

Sale's victory moved them 11 points clear of bottom-placed Bristol and took them seven behind Newcastle, who went up one position to eighth following their two bonus points.

Despite being within five minutes of winning the match, Falcons' boss Dean Richards was disappointed by the team's performance.

"We struggled to get into their half in the first half, even though we scored a couple of nice tries," Richards said. "In the second half we had a little bit more territory but we probably didn't play as well as we should have done.

"It wasn't just the discipline of giving penalties away at silly times, it's the discipline to get into your own shape, accurately execute things and with that we lacked that discipline to execute.

"We struggled to break them down a little bit but that again comes back to us being a little bit more accurate about what we're doing and we weren't accurate in any way, shape, or form."

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