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- Aviva Premiership
- 22nd Nov 2013
- KO 19:45
- Ground: The AJ Bell Stadium
- Att: 4,212
Aviva Premiership: Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond pleased with victory
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."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
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