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Heineken Cup: John Mitchell admits Sale not good enough at Toulon

Last updated: 16th December 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Heineken Cup: John Mitchell admits Sale not good enough at Toulon

John Mitchell: French mauling for Sale Sharks boss

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Sale boss John Mitchell admitted his side had not been good enough after they slumped to a 62-0 Heineken Cup defeat at Toulon.

The French side ran in nine tries to inflict a 12th defeat in 15 games on the Sharks this season.

Mitchell said: "The team is disappointed, as well as individuals with their own performances.

"I've been looking at this group of players ahead of the Christmas period and I certainly know a lot more about some individuals after that performance.

"Some of the characters have been revealed and I don't have a lot of choice in some positions.

"But we don't have any regrets - we got what we deserved. Toulon were exceptional.

"All the defensive work we did in the first half took its toll. We were there for 35 minutes but we gave them two soft tries through the same channel and unfortunately against a side like Toulon you can't afford to do that.

"We were coming here looking to build on the previous performance at home, but that wasn't achieved and we are very disappointed."

Toulon director of rugby Bernard Laporte said: "I enjoyed the game a lot and we should give credit when credit is due. I must congratulate the players, for their individual performances and team effort.

"Our aim is to secure a home quarter-final. We've had two good wins in Cardiff and Sale and we needed to validate that, which meant getting a bonus-point win."

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19:45Leicester vs Ulster
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