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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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|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 11th October|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Northampton vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester|
|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
|Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
|Saturday 6th September|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins|
|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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