Dimes tells Sharks to put things right af­ter Fal­cons loss

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - RUGBY UNION

STEVE Di­a­mond ad­mits Sale per­formed be­low the high stan­dards they have set them­selves dur­ing last week’s nar­row home de­feat to New­cas­tle.

Now, the Sharks’ di­rec­tor of rugby has told his play­ers to put that right when they host Lon­don Ir­ish at the AJ Bell Sta­dium tonight (8pm).

Sale are still look­ing for their first win of the sea­son in the Premier­ship hav­ing lost to both Har­le­quins and New­cas­tle.

Cap­tain Will Ad­di­son moves to full-back tonight, Josh Charn­ley makes his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son on the left wing, Bryan Evans re­turns at lock to face his for­mer club and Marc Jones makes his first start at hooker fol­low­ing his re­turn from Bris­tol in the close sea­son.

And Di­a­mond is ex­pect­ing a tough test from the Ex­iles, whose staff vis­ited City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola to gain an in­sight into his coach­ing tech­niques ahead of tonight’s match.

“There is no doubt that Lon­don Ir­ish di­rec­tor of rugby Nick Kennedy and his coach­ing staff have done a fan­tas­tic job bring­ing the club back up to the Premier­ship,” said Di­a­mond.

“We are un­der no il­lu­sions that we face a big task as we look to get our sea­son re­ally up and rolling by reg­is­ter­ing our first win of the cam­paign.

“Last Fri­day’s 13-12 de­feat at home to New­cas­tle was ob­vi­ously very frus­trat­ing for us all.

“We didn’t play well in cer­tain ar­eas against New­cas­tle and for us to be highly com­pet­i­tive in this league win­ning at home is very im­por­tant.

“As a club we pride our­selves on set­ting the high­est of stan­dards and the dis­ap­point­ment last Fri­day was that we didn’t meet them. “Rest as­sured that ev­ery­one has been work­ing ex­tremely hard on and off the train­ing ground this week and I’m hope­ful that our ef­forts en­sure we will get the turn­around in for­tunes that we all want to see.”

And Ad­di­son can’t wait to put last week’s de­feat be­hind him. He said: “No-one is shirk­ing blame, ev­ery­one wants to take own­er­ship. It’s been a pos­i­tive early part of the week with guys tak­ing own­er­ship of what hap­pened on Fri­day and want­ing to change it this week­end.

“It’s a great chal­lenge to be at home again and play­ing against a team that is to­tally dif­fer­ent to the last time we played them back in 2016.” Steve Di­a­mond

Sale boss Steve Di­a­mond

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