Di­a­mond is­sues warn­ing af­ter Sharks hang on for first win

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STEVE Di­a­mond has urged his Sale side to get their ‘back­sides into gear’ or they face a ma­jor beat­ing against Ex­eter Chiefs next week­end.

The Sharks beat Worces­ter War­riors 21-15 for their first win of the new Premier­ship sea­son on Sun­day but they were hang­ing on at the end to a side many have tipped for rel­e­ga­tion.

First-half tries from Josh Beau­mont and Denny Solomona, plus three penal­ties from fly-half AJ MacGinty, made the dif­fer­ence for the Sharks at the AJ Bell Sta­dium, but now they face a daunt­ing trip to Sandy Park – where Ex­eter lost just twice last sea­son.

And Di­a­mond in­sists they can­not re­peat yes­ter­day’s sec­ond-half per­for­mance if they want to emerge from top-of-the-ta­ble Ex­eter with any­thing other than a heavy de­feat.

“If we play like we did in the sec­ond half, then we will be killed by Ex­eter. We need to get our back­sides into gear and see how we do,” the di­rec­tor of rugby said.

“At half-time all we said was keep do­ing what we do, if we keep the same amount of ball in the sec­ond half then we will win the game.

“We came out the blocks first half, we had a lot of ball and played well.

“We de­fended 25/30 phases be­fore half-time so we came in with all the pos­i­tives.

“We were not swing­ing from the chan­de­lier in the chang­ing room, we just said that we have started well, so let’s make sure we put this game to bed. In the end it was enough.”

Di­a­mond re­sponded to last week­end’s 51-23 loss to Har­lequins by bring­ing for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Josh Beau­mont into the back row, and it worked bril­liantly.

“A win was im­por­tant let’s be hon­est,” Di­a­mond added. “We got a good hid­ing last week, and to­day we got through it. What Worces­ter did at half-time was ob­vi­ously get their a**** into gear, and that is how com­pet­i­tive it is.”

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