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Brewer wants more from Sale

Sale head coach Mike Brewer insisted there remained much room for improvement after his side beat Harlequins 21-17 with a stirring late comeback.

First-half scores from George Lowe and Jordan Turner-Hall put Quins 17-6 ahead at the break but the momentum was with Sale in the second half. Mark Cueto's 68th-minute try was well merited and Kyle Tonetti touched down a neat kick from Nick Macleod to seal victory in the closing stages.

Brewer said: "Our game management was poor and defensively we were poor. In all honesty I don't know how Harlequins lost. We created opportunities yet too often tried playing miracle balls - but we certainly finished a lot stronger and that played a big part in it. I said to the guys 'that was a bottom-six performance from both teams and we need to improve on it'."

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea could not hide his anger and said his players got exactly what they deserved.

Quins, missing England scrum-half Danny Care due to injury, gave away a glut of penalties and Ollie Smith's 50th-minute yellow card set the tone for a disjointed second-half display.

Tomas Vallejos followed him into the sin-bin later in the match and O'Shea, whose side are yet to win this season, was scathing about their efforts.

"We didn't even deserve to be 17-6 up at half-time," he said. "We didn't defend from the word go and I've told the guys in no uncertain terms what I thought about their performance.

"I talked very comfortably about our first two performances and we didn't remotely come near that level.

"We were 17-6 up at half-time but we gave away goodness knows how many penalties and played 20 minutes with 14 men.

"It doesn't matter how fit you are, you are going to be run ragged and I am furious."

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