Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond was left disappointed by his side’s loss at the AJ Bell Stadium to Gloucester on Saturday in their season’s curtain raiser.

Diamond described the opening day loss as ‘a bit of a reality check’ with the side missing out on a last gasp winner after Rob du Preez missed a late kick for the home side.

Diamond was pleased with his side’s first half performance as Sharks went into halftime with a 10-0 lead after a Byron McGuigan try and Rob du Preez conversion saw them get off to a flying start.

Akker van der Merwe of Sale Sharks is tackled (Photo Credit: Sale Sharks)

“I thought first half we had control and probably should have gone a little further in front. All okay up to that point.”

Sharks were left to rue not making the most of their first half domination as Gloucester came out a different side second half, responding well to Sale’s early successful penalty.

“Fair play to Gloucester, they came to do a job and they did it. They got themselves back into the game [and] got their noses in front.”

Diamond was reserved in his answer when asked about what his hopes are for his side this season.

“Win. One week at a time. It’s going to be a very competitive league again.”

Sale travel to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday hoping for a positive result against London Irish who won their opening game against Wasps.

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