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Aviva Premiership: Steve Diamond was happy with the result as Sale beat Gloucester
Even though the team didn't play as well as they could have done in certain parts tonight, we got the result.
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Sale Sharks' director of rugby Steve Diamond admitted his side did not play to their full potential despite their 24-19 triumph over Gloucester.
Two tries each from Rob Miller and Dan Braid sealed the result and a bonus point as they moved to within two points of the Aviva Premiership play-off places.
That might change when the teams around them play on Saturday and Sunday, but Diamond is pleased with their efforts so far this season, even if Sale's boss was frustrated with elements of their performance against the Cherry and Whites.
He said: "It's ironic that this time last season we were at the bottom of the league and 12-13 points away from the next team, London Welsh.
"We're in a different position now and the team has a lot of belief, even though the team didn't play as well as they could have done in certain parts tonight, but we got the result."
Although Sale are sitting in the top half of the league, this season's star performers James Gaskell, Miller and Dwayne Peel have all decided to leave for pastures new at the end of the season.
But, despite the core of the team departing, Diamond is adamant that they are in good shape on the field.
"They're all with us until the end of the season and Rob's first touch of the ball was an error, but he repaid us by scoring those two tries," he added.
"They're committed to the cause, the three or four that are leaving, but they're being replaced as we speak and we'll keep the majority of the team together."
Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies was left disappointed by his side's efforts as the West Country outfit succumbed to yet another defeat.
The Cherry and Whites had garnered some much needed momentum over the last four weeks in the cup competitions, but Davies was critical of their display against Sale.
"I'm very disappointed because we didn't play anywhere near our potential," he said. "The period five minutes before and five minutes after half-time was madness, in terms of our accuracy and our discipline.
"It's just basic things. We lost a couple of line-outs, which we should have won, and we failed to take the kick-off for the second half. It was exceptionally poor.
"The ridiculous thing is that the second yellow card was a replay of the first which you can't defend."
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|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|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|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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