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Aviva Prermiership: Steve Diamond disappointed with Sale despite win
Sale Sharks' director of rugby Steve Diamond was disappointed with his team despite the 21-20 win over London Wasps.
Tries from Tom Brady and Dan Braid took Sale into a 12-7 half-time lead, with Christian Wade responding for the visitors.
And although Wade's second score and 10 points from the boot of Tommy Bell gave Wasps a 20-18 advantage with eight minutes to go, Nick Macleod's late penalty secured the win for the Sharks.
Diamond said: "We didn't play well second half. We got the ascendancy in the first half and they did well from a couple of breakaway tries.
"I thought we lost our composure in the second half but again it's difficult. We'd had a lot of ball in the first period and just couldn't convert those drives in the last minute. We didn't play very well to be honest so it was a bit quiet in the dressing room.
"I don't think we were helped by the referee, there was a lack of communication from his touch judges and they were able to spoil a lot of our driving play."
After a disastrous first half of the campaign, which saw the Sharks bottom, they have improved since Christmas securing six wins in the final 11 games to finish 10th in the league. But Diamond insists there is no excuses should they underachieve again next season.
"We've had a poor season considering what our expectations were and are with a facility like this (the Salford City Stadium)," he added.
"With the training facilities and the players we had, we thought that we should have been pushing for the top-six. We can't use the excuses next year of a new stadium, new coach and new players etc. We've got, I think, six or seven leaving and six or seven coming in."
Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young allayed fears over lock Joe Launchbury who has struggled with a slight injury since England's defeat to Wales in the Six Nations.
Young said: "Basically he's got a neck injury but it's nothing surgical and it doesn't need operating on. Let's be honest, he's battered.
"He's had a hell of a season and you've got a kid there that goes above and beyond the call of duty on occasions. He's gone out there and put his body on the line for big periods, he's got a bit of a stiff neck and a sore shoulder.
"He's at no risk of an operation or being out for any length of time. He is a little bit battered and bruised at the minute and he probably deserves a rest. I'm sure that he'll be ready to go to Argentina with England if required."
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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