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Mark Tainton: First win for Bristol is "mentally massive"

Bristol acting head coach Mark Tainton described his side's first win of the season as "mentally massive" after Sale were defeated 26-11 at Ashton Gate in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

After a run of 10 consecutive defeats, Bristol deservedly triumphed with Jack Tovey, Rhodri Williams and Jason Woodward all scoring tries. Billy Searle converted one and kicked two penalties with replacement, Adrian Jarvis, also adding a penalty.

Tainton said: "The longer the losing run went on, the more the pressure was heaped upon us.

"We wanted to play with no fear and we had the rub of the green tonight. We did make mistakes but our defence was outstanding, especially in the last 15 minutes when they brought on some big ball carriers.

"We have been working hard to get this result and hopefully we can kick on from it starting with the Premiership game at Bath next week."

Sale boss Steve Diamond accepted that his side were deservedly beaten as they only managed one try through Halani Aulika with Dan Mugford and Tom Arscott kicking a penalty apiece.

"They out enthused us, they sneaked a first-half lead and we couldn't get it back.

"We missed only two tackles in the first half but they both resulted in tries. I thought Bristol did well and were dogged throughout."

Only three weeks ago, Sale won the league fixture 31-13 at Ashton Gate with Diamond accepting that there had been a remarkable turnaround.

"The Premiership is of far greater intensity and if we had to lose one, I'm glad it was this one as we were poor tonight.

"When I took over at Sale, we were bottom of the league but we used the LV=Cup to kick start our season so Bristol can do the same."


From Belfast Telegraph