Sale attitude delights Diamond
Sale boss Steve Diamond hailed his side after they moved up to second in the table with a 29-21 victory over Northampton at Edgeley Park.
Friday's fixture saw Mark Easter, Dwayne Peel and David Seymour all score second-half tries for the Sharks' third consecutive league success.
"What we've done is take all the excuses out and given the players the best possible facilities and knowledge," Diamond told Press Association Sport.
"At half-time the lads had not performed to the level that we know we can perform.
"It wasn't a rollicking session at half-time. We just said that if we get the ball out wide then we could score tries and we did that, courtesy of them having 13 men."
Meanwhile, Northampton coach Jim Mallinder gave his own thoughts on the result.
"You don't want to blame referees and we talked about being squeaky clean, but quite obviously in the first 10 minutes the referee was very keen in terms of the breakdown, of rolling away in the tackle and being onside," he said.