Booth to learn from Sale fightback
London Irish head coach Toby Booth acknowledged his role in allowing Sale to fight their way back into Sunday's 39-26 victory at the Madejski Stadium.
The Exiles returned to the summit of the Aviva Premiership but had to wait until deep into injury time to secure the bonus point they required to replace Northampton at the top. Jonathan Joseph scored the crucial try in the final play of the game as Sale probed for a dramatic late victory from deep inside their own half.
Irish had led 26-6 as the final quarter loomed but a series of substitutions by Booth robbed them of their momentum. Booth said: "If you look at the changes I made and when I made them, in addition to not having the ball, it looks as though we took our foot off the pedal. In relation to game control, I'm to blame. That's probably a learning point for me."
He added: "At this stage of the season with international breaks and the LV= Cup coming, you have to plan your squad accordingly.
"I try to be as proactive as I can but I got that wrong, which is a learning curve for me."
Tries from Ryan Lamb, Joseph and George Stowers put Irish in a commanding position until a frantic climax.
Sale would have secured a losing bonus point had they not staged their last-gasp attempt at snatching victory, but head coach Mike Brewer saluted their intent.
"We wanted to play a physical game against Irish, taking them on," he said.
"Our game strategy in the first 10 minutes was good. Our kicking was poor and they got a rocket at half time. In the second half we did play how we set out and put them under pressure.
"Irish were the better team on the day but they took their foot off the pedal when they were well ahead. The mayhem at the end dropped us the point. We came down here to win the game and the players took that literally given what happened at the end.