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- 21st Sep 2012
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Edgeley Park
- Att: 7,479
Redpath - Not good enough
Sale lose at home to Premiership new boys
Sale Sharks director of rugby Bryan Redpath slammed his team's performance after their 29-19 defeat to London Welsh.
It was Sale's fourth consecutive loss and, even at this stage of the season, severely dented their chances of making the top six.
Despite fighting back from 26-9 down and getting to within seven points, the Sharks could not force a result, much to the unhappiness of Redpath.
"There weren't any plus marks really as most of our game wasn't up to speed," he said.
"You can't hide behind that performance tonight because, as a group, it wasn't good enough.
"It let a lot of people down that came along tonight. We need to find out why, but there's not many answers coming out at the moment.
"We really need to look hard in the mirror and see why that happened tonight as that wasn't acceptable at all.
"I don't want to take any credit away from London Welsh. They came up here, played a simple game, got in front and stuck at it.
"I can understand the frustration and accept it, but we have to take that responsibility when the fans booed us off the pitch and that is something we obviously never want to happen again.
"I apologise to every Sale supporter. They pay good money to watch and I will be doing my utmost to rectify that."
London Welsh secured their second victory in five days to the surprise of head coach Lyn Jones.
Gordon Ross kicked 19 points while Jon Mills and Ed Jackson went over from close range to defy the critics who wrote them off at the start of the season.
Jones said: "Compared to the first two weeks, are we surprised? Yes, very much so. You've got to be, haven't you?
"But the more you play like this, the less surprised you get. We got caught with our pants well down against Leicester and Quins, but we've learnt and we've come back.
"If you had asked me two weeks ago if we would have settled for a losing bonus-point at Sale, I would have bitten your hand off.
"Today's a good day for us, as last week was, but you know and I know that next week could be a bad day, so we've just got to keep on improving.
"We spoke long and hard in the week about our start, conceding 14 points and playing buffet rugby.
"Today we started well, we started confidently, we looked in good shape and took 13 points in the first 10 minutes which was the difference at the end of the game."
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|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
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