‘Er­ror-free’ James broth­ers lead rout as fam­ily ties bol­ster Sale

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Rugby Union - By Kate Rowan at AJ Bell Sta­dium

Cur­rys. The third set may not be twins but between them the Manch­ester-born pair scored half of Sale’s tries – 21-year-old full-back Luke James touch­ing down for the open­ing scores of both the first and sec­ond halves and 26-year-old cen­tre brother Sam scor­ing on the halfhour to se­cure the bonus point.

Steve Di­a­mond, the Sale di­rec­tor of rugby, praised the three sets of sib­lings and, in an era when the word “fam­ily” is of­ten used by coaches to de­scribe how bonded their teams are, he was keen to ex­press the im­por­tant role these broth­ers play in set­ting the tone for his squad.

“Peo­ple talk about the cul­ture and fam­ily and all these words, which ev­ery­body is re­spect­ful of, but we have three sets of broth­ers in the same team on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Both sets of twins are spe­cial lads, but Sam and Luke James, their un­der­stand­ing of the game is on a dif­fer­ent level,” Di­a­mond said.

“Both of the James broth­ers are er­ror free most of the time week-in, week-out. Luke is an all-ac­tion hero to me. He is one of the best play­ers Sale has ever had. He doesn’t make any er­rors, he’s cool, he’s quiet and he gets the job done. When he is asked to step up to the plate he does that bet­ter than any­body. I am de­lighted for our sets of broth­ers, as well as all the oth­ers.”

The sense of a close-knit squad is re­in­forced by how Sale, un­like the ma­jor­ity of their Pre­mier­ship ri­vals, op­er­ate with just 32 prin­ci­ple play­ers, while other clubs, such as Bris­tol, have well over 40 in their se­nior set-up.

Di­a­mond also em­pha­sised that the bonds in his side ex­tended be­yond the pitch, telling re­porters that the play­ers, their wives and part­ners were cel­e­brat­ing their vic­tory with a so­cially dis­tanced night out.

The re­main­der of Sale’s tries came cour­tesy of wing Denny Solomona, man of the match Faf de Klerk, and Mar­land Yarde. Ir­ish­born United States in­ter­na­tional fly-half AJ MacGinty made five out of six con­ver­sions. Bris­tol’s try came from Samoan Ala­p­ati Leiua.

Cool hands: Luke James beats Bris­tol’s Ben Earl to score the open­ing try for Sale

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