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- Aviva Premiership
- 19th Apr 2014
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Sandy Park
- Att: 9,200
Aviva Premiership: Steve Diamond looking forward to European Rugby Champions Cup
To be competing in the top four you have to be spending big money. We don't do that so anywhere around the top six is great for us.
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Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond was 'delighted' after his side secured a place in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup with a 55-12 victory over Exeter.
"That was obviously one of our aims from today because there was a bit of pressure on us having played well all season," said Diamond.
"But we didn't play well a couple of weeks ago against Harlequins. This is a difficult place to come so we are delighted. We played well and we reminded the players in the week that we hadn't won here before.
"We hit form today and if we do that with the players that we've got then we can score tries like we did. The top four in the Premiership is probably away from us but we've got to manage expectations from where we have come from and what we have spent.
"To be competing in the top four you have to be spending big money. We don't do that so anywhere around the top six is great for us. We didn't expect to win by that scoreline by any stretch of the imagination."
Exeter went into the game hoping to hold on to seventh place in the Premiership, and a play-off against the seventh-placed club in France for the final place in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
"I said to the guys in the dressing room afterwards that I want us to be in the top tier of the European competition," said Exeter head coach Rob Baxter.
"But to do that we have to be in seventh place to give us an opportunity. But I can't make that their motivation - they have to show that themselves.
"I was a little disappointed with this performance, which didn't really look like a highly motivated side that was going to fight tooth and nail to cement that seventh place.
"We were in before today but we weren't by the end of the day and that is purely down to us, it was all in our hands. I said some truthful, rather than harsh, words [to the players] and said that sometimes you have to look at a game that has been a humbling experience.
"In our time in the Premiership I thought that we had talked through ways of managing those situations enough times now for something like today not to happen and for us to get a grip on the game after conceding an early score.
"But today, the truth is collectively they were better than we were and we paid the price massively.
"There were some good performances from some of our players but collectively we were off enough, and in enough different areas, for it not to be a very tough contest."
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|Friday 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers 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|
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