Sale Sharks 19-29 London Welsh, Aviva Premiership
Redpath slams Sharks after defeat
ESPN Staff
September 22, 2012
London Welsh players celebrate their first away win since promotion to the Premiership with a 29-19 victory against Sale Sharks, Sale Sharks v London Welsh, Aviva Premiership, Salford City Stadium, Salford, England, September 21, 2012
London Welsh celebrated their second win in as many games © Getty Images
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Sale Sharks boss Bryan Redpath lashed out at his team after seeing them slump to a 29-19 reverse at home against London Welsh.

Despite many labeling the Exiles as relegation certainties, they are now two wins from two having defeated the Exeter Chiefs last Sunday. But for Sale, it is their fourth consecutive loss despite them being fancied as a top six side this season following the big name signings of Richie Gray and Danny Cipriani. And Redpath, who saw his team fight back from 29-9 to 29-19, insists that his side's performances have to improve.

"There weren't any plus marks really as most of our game wasn't up to speed," Redpath said. "You can't hide behind that performance tonight because, as a group, it wasn't good enough.

"It let a lot of people down that came along tonight. We need to find out why, but there's not many answers coming out at the moment. We really need to look hard in the mirror and see why that happened tonight as that wasn't acceptable at all.

"I don't want to take any credit away from London Welsh. They came up here, played a simple game, got in front and stuck at it. I can understand the frustration and accept it, but we have to take that responsibility when the fans booed us off the pitch and that is something we obviously never want to happen again.

"I apologise to every Sale supporter. They pay good money to watch and I will be doing my utmost to rectify that."

Exiles boss Lyn Jones, in contrast, was delighted with the win and admitted that his side had surprised him with the victory. "Compared to the first two weeks, are we surprised? Yes, very much so. You've got to be, haven't you? But the more you play like this, the less surprised you get. We got caught with our pants well down against Leicester and Quins, but we've learnt and we've come back.

"If you had asked me two weeks ago if we would have settled for a losing bonus-point at Sale, I would have bitten your hand off. Today's a good day for us, as last week was, but you know and I know that next week could be a bad day, so we've just got to keep on improving.

"We spoke long and hard in the week about our start, conceding 14 points and playing buffet rugby. Today we started well, we started confidently, we looked in good shape and took 13 points in the first 10 minutes which was the difference at the end of the game."

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