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Match Reaction: London Welsh 12 Sale Sharks 52

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond admits next weekend will be a different challenge altogether after watching his side complete a dominant 52-12 Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium.

Sale ran in eight tries, Tom Arscott, Tommy Taylor and Will Addison all scoring twice and Mike Haley and Mark Cueto also crossing over.

Welsh had taken an early lead when Rob Lewis dotted down on his 100th league appearance for the hosts but despite Opeti Fonua also scoring they were well beaten.

The win sees the Sharks climb to sixth in the table and Diamond is aware of the challenge involved in remaining in the top half of the table, starting next week when his side host Saracens.

"Today was a banana skin against London Welsh and we didn't want to slip up,” he said. “Next week is a different kettle of fish.

"We have got to put it together collectively for longer periods of time. We have to be really physical against Saracens next week if we want to pull a scalp and be a top-six side.

"We came off beating Northampton in the league but we were wary of London Welsh because they have improved significantly since Christmas.

“We managed to get those four tries before half-time but in the second half, London Welsh came into it a bit more. We are pleased with the result, with five points."

London Welsh assistant coach Ollie Smith admits his side are desperately overdue a win, having now lost all 24 games they have played in all competitions this season.

Welsh head to Gloucester next week and Smith believes his team can be competitive at this level against any opposition.

“The story of our season has been about competing for 60, 70 or 80 minutes,” he said. “We are just targeting the next game and we want that win, whether it is playing London Irish and Newcastle or Saracens, Bath and teams at the top.

"We have to go after every game now – we know that – and our processes as a coaching group are performance and improvement from week to week.

"If we can play for the 60 or 70 minutes as we have shown, we can compete against good teams."
 
London Welsh: Jewell (Robinson 40), Stegmann, Reynolds, Tincknell (J Lewis 64), Scott, Barkley, R Lewis (Weepu 64), Trevett (Aholelei 57), Britton (Morris 64), Vea (Gilding 65), West (Corker 64), Down, Thorpe (Pienaar 54), Kirwan, Fonua
 
Sale Sharks: Haley, Addison, Leota, Tuitupou, Arscott (Cueto 45), Macleod (Ford 61), Cusiter (Cliff 61), Lewis-Roberts (M Cobilas 58), Taylor (Jones 58), V Cobilas (Harrison 58), Mills, Hines (Easter 58), Braid (Lund 54), Seymour, Beaumont
 
Scorers
 
London Welsh

Tries: R Lewis, Fonua
Conversions: Jewell
 
Sale Sharks
Tries: Haley, Taylor 2, Addison 2, Arscott 2, Cueto
Conversions: Macleod 5, Ford
 
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Attendance: 2,200
 
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