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- 31st Mar 2013
- KO 14:15
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 6,968
Steve Diamond elated as Sale pick up three points in relegation battle
The game showed the measure of both teams - both under pressure but both wanting to play. It was good for the neutral and 33-33 is a good result.
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Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond was thrilled with his team after they secured three crucial points in the 33-33 draw at London Irish.
The visitors picked up two for the draw plus a bonus point for scoring four tries in an enthralling basement battle at the Madejski.
That puts them eight points clear of bottom side London Welsh with just three games of the season remaining.
"We're very happy with that," said Diamond. "There were glaring opportunities that we missed and we'll have to correct that next time.
"For both sides you could say that the defensive coaches need to earn their money during the week.
"We let the game slip in the last quarter after going clear at half-time but we showed good resilience. The game showed the measure of both teams - both under pressure but both wanting to play. It was good for the neutral and 33-33 is a good result.
"Welsh were close to Bath on Saturday but we can't worry about them now. Never before has the bottom club at Christmas survived and we want to change that.
"We have been good at home, we have had a great result getting three points away from home here, and we will take having Gloucester and Wasps in our last two games."
Irish are 12 points clear and all-but safe but coach Brian Smith was furious with his side for blowing an early 14-3 lead.
"We got such a handy lead to begin with and then sat back and admired the good work that we'd done," said Smith.
"We couldn't close out the first half and then got bitten in the backside after half-time. It's a little bit embarrassing to score tries like that at the start and then go to sleep.
"Defensively we were a shambles, which is disappointing compared to last week (against Worcester) when we could have played for three hours and not conceded a try."Heineken Cup. Click here to bet.
|Friday 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:30||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:30||Bath vs Gloucester|
|15:30||Newcastle vs Harlequins|
|15:30||London Irish vs Wasps|
|15:30||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|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|
|Sunday 29th March|
|London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 6 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|Saracens 42 - 14 Harlequins|
|London Irish 22 - 21 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 25 - 18 Exeter|
|Friday 27th March|
|Northampton 52 - 30 Wasps|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Newcastle Falcons 12 - 16 Leicester Tigers|
|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
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