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Steve Diamond praises Sale for bouncing back after beating Worcester

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond paid tribute to his players after they bounced back from last week's mauling at Saracens to claim their first Aviva Premiership win of the season.

The Sharks were stuffed 41-3 in their opening match but they were worthy winners over newly-promoted Worcester at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday.

Dean Ryan's Warriors had claimed a last-gasp 13-12 win over Northampton seven days earlier but they met their match in a determined Sale outfit.

Danny Cipriani, overlooked by England for the World Cup, opened the scoring with a fine individual effort and a second try from openside flanker David Seymour sent the hosts in at the break with a 13-6 advantage.

Sale grabbed a third five minutes after the break through Josh Beaumont but Worcester hit back with an effort from Jonny Arr before a last-gasp fourth home try from centre Johnny Leota sealed a bonus point win.

It was enough to satisfy Diamond at the end of what he said had been a "torrid week" for everyone involved at his club.

"We didn't have to play any flash rugby - it was just a case of putting numbers to rucks, clearing them out and trying to get some dominance," said the Sale boss.

"I thought we got that, certainly at the driving maul, and overall Danny and Cus (Chris Cusiter) managed the game well for us.

"It was a tough encounter and the league is now far stronger with Worcester in it, so all credit to us for getting that bonus point at the end.

"I think we probably deserved the win and hopefully we won't perform like we did last week again.

"We know we're a good side at home and the players have had a torrid week - we've all had a torrid week.

"It was important that we responded and the players did that in exactly the way we wanted them to."

Worcester boss Ryan was left disappointed after Leota's last-gasp try for Sale denied the visitors a losing bonus point.

Ryan, whose team scored a 65th-minute try from scrum-half Arr, appeared on course for a hard-earned point until Leota grabbed Sale's fourth and final touchdown.

Ryan said: "We're disappointed that we didn't close the game out and get that point.

"Not many teams win at Sale so to get a point here, with the amount of pressure we had been under, would have been a big achievement, so we're a little bit deflated.

"But we lost it because of ourselves and we should have been smarter in seeing the time out on the clock. That's just a learning curve for us because every point is going to be important for us this season."


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