Saints were 'singing like they'd won the league', says Sale boss Diamond

'‹Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond says Saints were 'singing as if they'd just won the league' after Saturday's Anglo-Welsh Cup clash at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Sunday, 28th January 2018, 1:27 pm
Updated Sunday, 28th January 2018, 1:42 pm
Saints scored from the final play of the game to beat Sale on Saturday (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Nafi Tuitavake's try provided a dramatic late victory for the black, green and gold, who were 24-20 winners.

Earlier scores from Ken Pisi and Ben Nutley set Saints up but they went 20-17 down before battling back in the final play of the game.

It was a third win in four matches in all competitions for Northampton, but Diamond was not overly impressed.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

“I’m not too despondent and fair play to Northampton, for them to rock up with their full-strength side, or £10million-worth, good luck to them," Diamond said.

“They were singing as if they’ve just won the league in the changing rooms there so good on them, we will just get ourselves ready for London Irish in the league.

“Northampton have obviously got their backsides into gear a little bit and fair play to them for playing the full 80 minutes, and scoring in the end.”