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  • Cueto, Braid, Arscott, Gaskell,
    Conversions: Cipriani (3),
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  • Fainga'anuku,
    Penalty goals: Mieres,
    Conversions: Warwick,

Aviva Premiership: Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond pleased with victory

Last updated: 23rd November 2013  

Aviva Premiership: Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond pleased with victory

Steve Diamond: Satisfied with victory against Worcester

It puts a bit of icing on a badly-cut cake. We were frustrated with the performance for long periods of the game but you have to take those points.

Steve Diamond on Sale's win
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Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond was happy enough with his side's 26-10 win over Worcester which helped them leapfrog Leicester and Wasps into sixth place in the Aviva Premiership.

Mark Cueto, James Gaskell, captain Dan Braid and Tom Arscott were the try-scorers for the Sharks, with fly-half Danny Cipriani kicking three conversions

Ofa Fainga'anuku scored a consolation try for Worcester from a rolling maul, with Chris Pennell adding the conversion to add to Ignacio Mieres' early penalty.

It was not enough to earn any points for Worcester, who remained rooted to the foot of the table, nine points adrift of London Irish.

Diamond admitted he was satisfied with the result even though Sale struggled to fire during large parts of the match.

"I'm really pleased," Diamond said when asked about the bonus point.

"It puts a bit of icing on a badly-cut cake. We were frustrated with the performance for long periods of the game but you have to take those points.

"We were very disappointed the other week against Exeter, our discipline let us down. We like to win games at home and it's so difficult to win games away from home so we are pleased with the position we are in at this moment.

"The success in this league is staying in this competition. A lot of people don't realise how difficult it is.

"We take every win and celebrate it because there comes a time when you don't get many of them. Worcester are going through that at the minute and we went through that last year."

Diamond also praised the opening score by Cueto, who left the field before half-time with a groin strain. Cueto raced onto a chip to the wing by centre Will Addison, in what the Sale boss branded as "one of the tries of the season."

"It was just inspiration - a young gun kicks to the old dog and he races away untouched. A great try," Diamond added.

Ryan rues loss

Worcester boss Dean Ryan, meanwhile, was left to rue another defeat, with his side already up against the odds to survive in the top flight this season.

"I thought for 50 minutes we were pretty resilient," Ryan said.

"At half-time we talked about being pretty confident and being able to push on. We showed a lot of resilience defensively and were difficult to break down, all the things we have shown in recent weeks.

"I'm not down on the guys I thought the effort was fantastic. I don't accept that it's a flat performance. It was a competitive performance that slipped away from us at a pivotal moment."

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