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LV= Cup: Steve Diamond says Premiership survival remains Sale's main focus
Steve Diamond admitted that Premiership survival was the main target for Sale this season, despite the club's victory over Saracens on Sunday which booked their place in the final of the LV= Cup.
The Sharks won 21-15 at Salford City Stadium to set up a final showdown with Harlequins at Sixways next weekend.
However, with five matches remaining Sale are just two points off the base of the Premiership table and Diamond said: "What's happened with London Welsh being deducted five points is good fortune for us in one respect but we just need to compound it by winning the remainder of our games.
"We've got three league games at home, London Irish and Northampton away and we need to go in and finish in the Premiership on our own merits.
"The Cup is good to keep the momentum. We'll play Harlequins at Worcester next Sunday and that's great."
Beaten Saracens' coach Paul Gustard defended his decision to name a second-string side for this semi-final clash.
He said: "We rotate and these guys that started the game got us into the semi-final.
"This was their reward and I think it was only right that they started the game."
Forwards' coach Alex Sanderson added: "All these young guys have been in our ranks for years now and that's the positive you can take from it, in that they can now do a job.
"They got us this far in the tournament and, upon reflection, maybe they can take us a stage further next year."
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|Saturday 31st January|
|14:40||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:00||Scarlets vs London Irish|
|15:00||Wasps vs Cardiff Blues|
|15:00||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Ospreys|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Sale|
|15:00||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Bath vs Ospreys|
|15:00||Sale vs Scarlets|
|15:00||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|15:00||Cardiff Blues vs Leicester|
|Friday 14th November|
|Ospreys 35 - 51 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 19 - 13 Scarlets|
|Sunday 9th November|
|Leicester 29 - 13 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 9 - 18 Gloucester|
|Wasps 43 - 22 London Irish|
|Saturday 8th November|
|Exeter 18 - 6 Bath|
|Friday 7th November|
|Newcastle 21 - 22 Cardiff Blues|
|Harlequins 31 - 21 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Ospreys 9 - 21 Saracens|
|Scarlets 7 - 24 Northampton|
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