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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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|Saturday 16th May|
|Exeter 44 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 22 - 14 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 37 - 21 Harlequins|
|Bath 50 - 30 Gloucester|
|London Welsh 17 - 68 Saracens|
|London Irish 40 - 40 Wasps|
|Sunday 10th May|
|Saracens 20 - 24 Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|Northampton 46 - 0 London Welsh|
|Wasps 21 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Gloucester 35 - 13 London Irish|
|Sale Sharks 34 - 28 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 8th May|
|Harlequins 26 - 27 Bath|
|Sunday 26th April|
|Wasps 36 - 29 Exeter|
|Saturday 25th April|
|Northampton 25 - 20 Saracens|
|Gloucester 42 - 40 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 38 - 17 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 25 Harlequins|
|Friday 24th April|
|Bath 43 - 18 London Irish|
|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
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