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LV= Cup: Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond hails newcomers after win over Worcester
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Sale Sharks' director of rugby Steve Diamond hailed his young players after their 20-6 LV= Cup win over Worcester Warriors.
The Manchester outfit handed starts to the inexperienced Mike Haley, Dan Baines and Andy Hughes as Diamond made sweeping changes from the team that defeated Biarritz last week.
But, after a victory which gives them a chance of a semi-final place, Diamond said his fringe and academy individuals stepped up well.
He said: "Mike Haley played really well at full-back as well as Mark Jennings coming back from injury - and it was good to be able to give 10 minutes to people like scrum-half James Mitchell," he said.
"We got a lot out of it, we struggled in certain areas in the first half but we'll take the interpretation by the referee as it is and move on.
"We've done well and we've been able to give quite a lot of the squad a rest which is the important thing.
"You saw the difference that the bench made when they came on, there was a big impact from them."
Meanwhile, Warriors' director of rugby Dean Ryan believes that the game was another step in the development of his squad.
Although the likes of Paul Hodgson, Alex Grove, Dean Schofield and Chris Jones are all part of the first team, Ryan handed debuts to Elliott Davies, Jack Cosgrove and Andrew Boyce.
He said: "If we don't give them the opportunity, we won't find out if there's any talent there. To see those youngsters out there is outstanding.
"Cosgrove comes on and has to go against an international prop in Eifion Lewis-Roberts and that's what it's about.
"The LV is a great tournament because it allows that to happen and we have to take that opportunity. It was never in doubt that we would use those youngsters and if they could deliver a win then fantastic.
"I think that last 20 minutes showed the difference in experience but we'll push on, we'll keep using them, keep trying to grow them and one of them is going to be an outstanding Premiership player."
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|Saturday 1st November|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|16:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 2nd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Friday 7th November|
|19:30||Scarlets vs Northampton|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Saracens|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 8th November|
|16:30||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 9th November|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Leicester vs Sale|
|Friday 14th November|
|19:30||Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Saturday 31st January|
|15:00||Scarlets vs London Irish|
|15:00||Wasps vs Cardiff Blues|
|15:00||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Sale|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Ospreys|
|15:00||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Bath|
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