Updated: Monday, 20th January 2020 @ 2:08pm

Steve Diamond wants four tries against London Wasps to give Sale Sharks hope of LV Cup semi-finals

Steve Diamond wants four tries against London Wasps to give Sale Sharks hope of LV Cup semi-finals

By Ed Owen

Sale Sharks coach Steve Diamond set his sights on next week’s LV= Cup clash against London Wasps after a resounding victory against Llanelli Scarlets.

The Sharks were trailing the Welsh club by 11 points before a Danny Cipriani-inspired fight-back saw the hosts finish 36-17 winners.

But Diamond refused to dwell on the victory, reminding his team they need a convincing victory against Aviva Premiership rivals London Wasps to qualify for the semi-finals.

“We have to get four tries if we are to have any chance of progressing,” he said.

“We can’t bank on just going to Wasps and winning – we are not good enough to do that.

“We’ve got to go down there, play well and try and get a result – that could be enough.”

Sale originally fell behind to a fourth-minute Andy Fenby try, the winger capitalising on a fumbled ball from Cipriani to go over – Owen Williams converted.

The 25-year-old redeemed himself nine minutes later with a penalty, but Scarlets hit back in the 20th minute – scrum half Gareth Davis crossing the line for Williams to convert again.

However, the fly-half’s boot soon put the Sharks back in with a shout, scoring two penalties to reduce the gap to five points.

And with Scarlets’ Jake Ball sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on, Sale took control courtesy of tries from Richie Vernon and Charlie Amesbury, with Cipriani converting both before half-time.

After the break Williams and Cipriani traded penalties inside the opening 15 minutes before Rhodri Jones was sin-binned on the hour.

But despite failing to convert the resulting penalty the former Melbourne Rebels man killed the game off on 64 minutes, breaking through the Scarlets line to score the try.

He then converted to take his match tally to 21 points, before debutant Charlie Ingall secured the bonus point with a try in the corner.

And even though the former England international couldn’t cap off his prolific performance with a final conversion, Diamond still came out in praise of the star.

He said: “Danny is a good player. Give him go-forward ball, as the pack did today, and he shows his class.”

The Sharks travel to Adams Park next week for their final LV= Cup clash against London Wasps knowing group qualification is very much alive if they beat their hosts.

Image courtesy of Sale Sharks, via YouTube, with thanks.

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