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Delight for Diamond

Sale executive director of sport Steve Diamond could not hide his delight after a 13-11 home win over Gloucester lifted his side to second in the Aviva Premiership.

Diamond's men held off a spirited fightback from Gloucester to claim their fourth win from six Premiership outings after edging a hard-fought encounter at a rain-soaked Edgeley Park.

Diamond said: "We did enough just to win and I think that's testament to the lads and how they stuck together and delivered."

He added: "It was a bit hairy in the last 10 minutes but we held on and I'm very happy.

"Gloucester are a top-four side every year and we wanted to come away with four points and we did that. We take every game as it comes but it's going well."

Diamond - who will face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel on Tuesday over an incident during September 23's clash with Northampton - also reserved special praise for Seymour, who has enjoyed an outstanding start to the campaign.

Diamond added: "He leads by example and that's why he stays as captain."

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath was left deeply frustrated after his side's inept first-half display.

He said: "We didn't have any balance in our game and that's why we were 10-0 down at the break. The conditions made it like that but we didn't respect the conditions.

"You can't come to an away ground - or any ground - and think you can play from in your half. You just can't. You have to respect the game more because rugby is about territory."


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