Sale Sharks joined the hunt for the Premiership title after their bonus point win at home to Worcester on Friday night.
The Sharks, who were back to winning ways after a poor performance away at Saracens, delivered a strong kicking game, that broke down the league newcomers’ defence.
Director of rugby Steve Diamond praised his team’s efforts, in particular their last minute try which saw them take five points from the match.
“It was always going to be a tough encounter – the league is far stronger now with Worcester in it as they proved last week and credit to us for managing to get that bonus point at the end,” he said.
“I don’t think there will be many five pointers in this league, hopefully we won’t perform like we did last week again.”
Diamond praised his central pairing of Chris Cusiter and Danny Cipriani insisting that, despite missing two conversions in the first half, the fly-half was a vital component in the Sharks’ attack.
He said: “Cipriani played well, he got field position for us and he was instrumental in scoring the first try and the quick tap at the end setting up the last one.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s home game against Northampton, Diamond said that there would be no let up for his team as the season progresses.
“We got Northampton here last week and that will be a really tough game – we won’t start looking at the league until Christmas time, it’s going to be really tough until then,” he said.
“We’ve all had a torrid week and we don’t play ’til a week on Sunday so the last thing we wanted to do was come away tonight without a win.
“It was important that we responded and they responded exactly as we asked them too.”
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