Sale Boss Brewer not happy with just winning

Sale Sharks head coach Mike Brewer was not happy with his team’s performance even though they beat Harlequins 21-17 with a stirring late comeback.

Harlequins went ahead through tries from George Lowe and Jordan Turner-Hall and they were leading 17-6 at the break.

At half time though momentum shifted to Sale Sharks with tries from Mark Cueto and Kyle Tonetti even though they lost Tomas Vallejos to the sin-bin.

Former Sale teams might have buckled in similar positions but Brewer has high expectations and his team now have two wins from three matches.

“Our game management was poor and defensively we were poor. In all honesty I don’t know how Harlequins lost that.” said Brewer.

“We created opportunities yet too often tried playing miracle balls – but we certainly finished a lot stronger and that played a big part in it.

“I said to the guys ‘that was a bottom-six performance from both teams and we need to improve on it’.” he told the Premiership site.

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea could not hide his anger and said his players got exactly what they deserved.

“We didn’t even deserve to be 17-6 up at half-time,” he said.”We didn’t defend from the word go and I’ve told the guys in no uncertain terms what I thought about their performance.

“I talked very comfortably about our first two performances and we didn’t remotely come near that level tonight.

“We were 17-6 up at half-time but we gave away goodness knows how many penalties and played 20 minutes with 14 men. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, you are going to be run ragged and I am furious.

“Credit to Sale and how they played but I’m absolutely furious and we’ll take a long, long hard look at ourselves next week.”

England number eight Nick Easter was used in the second row after O’Shea consulted with England manager Martin Johnson.

“I talked to Johnno about it but Nick will be back at number eight next week,” said O’Shea.

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