Sale v Harlequins, Aviva Premiership, September 17
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September 17, 2010
Harlequins' Gonzalo Camacho loses out on a high ball © Getty Images
Sale head coach Mike Brewer has demanded a major improvement from his side despite their 21-17 victory over Harlequins at Edgeley Park.
The former All Black skipper was unimpressed with his side's performance, which saw them overhaul a half-time deficit thanks to tries from Mark Cueto and Kyle Tonetti.
"Our game management was poor and defensively we were poor," he said. "In all honesty, I don't know how Harlequins lost that. 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'."
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea could not hide his anger after seeing his side concede defeat with a rash of second-half penalties and two yellow cards, including one for former England centre Ollie Smith on his debut for the club.
"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. I've got no complaints about the refereeing. 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."
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