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Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond outlines end of season goals

The Sharks have four games left, with two against top-six sides. Photo credit: John Marfleet.

Following a narrow 30-25 away loss to Exeter Chiefs, Steve Diamond hailed his side’s performance and was eager to get the best out of his players for the remaining games of the season.

A tough run of form this campaign has seen Sale Sharks slump to 10th in the Premiership table, despite early aims being on a top-four finish.

But a five-point loss to the high-flying Chiefs, who are in the hunt for the title, marks a vast improvement from Sale’s last outing.

“We had a blip in our last game against Northampton Saints where we didn’t turn up,” said Diamond of his side’s 32-12 home defeat in round 17 of the Premiership.

“I expected a performance [against Exeter] and we delivered that. We could’ve got the win but I’m happy to come here and get a bonus point if I’m being honest.”

Diamond was eager to defend the honour of his side, who have all but eased relegation worries whilst being too far behind to make a late push for a top-six spot and the prize of Champions Cup rugby.

The 49-year-old made his intentions for the rest of the season blatantly clear following the Chiefs encounter.

“We want to win every game, it’s as simple as that,” he insisted.

“We’ve got a 32-man squad that can beat anyone on it’s day so that’s what we’re aiming to do in our last four games.”

The Sharks’ 25-point tally at Sandy Park came through an impeccable kicking performance from AJ MacGinty, added to by a solitary try for in-form wing Denny Solomona.

The ex-Rugby League star’s score takes him to nine tries in eight Premiership outings, having joined the club in December before making his league bow the following month.

Denny is a world-class finisher. He scored 78 tries in the past two Super League seasons so we know he takes his opportunities, and he’s showing that here,” Diamond explained.

He’s a good defender too and he’s a bright spark for rugby union as a whole.”

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