Di­a­mond says Sharks take no pride from big Har­lequins de­feat

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SALE Sharks direc­tor of rugby Steve Di­a­mond claims his side will take noth­ing away from their 51-23 de­feat at Har­lequins, not even their pride.

Sale con­ceded six tries in a chas­ten­ing open­ing day of the Gal­lagher Premier­ship, ship­ping three unan­swered sec­ond-half scores at the Twick­en­ham Stoop.

Tries from AJ MacGinty and Mar­land Yarde, on his re­turn to Har­lequins, helped the Sharks go in 24-20 at the break but a sec­ond-half blitz from Joe Marchant, Mar­cus Smith and Max Crump­ton en­sured the home side claimed a com­fort­able vic­tory.

And af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing open­ing start to the cam­paign, Di­a­mond con­cedes he’s strug­gling to find any pos­i­tives.

He said: “We cre­ated some good op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half but in the sec­ond half we couldn’t re­ceive kick-off and get our­selves out of there and then it went score, score, score.

“I wasn’t too fussed at half-time be­cause we kept hold of the ball but in the sec­ond half we couldn’t do that.

“We made four de­fen­sive er­rors which is un­like us and they cap­i­talised on it.

“I think in­di­vid­u­ally most peo­ple weren’t on their game. We never had any con­trol of the game, we just couldn’t get out. We’d score, keep our noses there or there­abouts but their try be­fore half-time where there’s no clear out – they picked it up and score.

“I wouldn’t say we have a lot of soul search­ing but when we lose I look to get some­thing out of the game and we didn’t get any pride out of the game so I’m pretty an­noyed.

“I think the pre-sea­son went well so I’m not go­ing to make ex­cuses. We got beaten by a side play­ing for their new coach and had a lit­tle more about them in the sec­ond half than we did.”

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