December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Sarries forwards coach Paul Gustard was frustrated by the set-piece issues which blighted their performance.
Although they touched down twice through Kameli Ratuvou and Joel Tomkins, a late Rob Miller penalty condemned them to defeat.
Gustard said: “For us, it doesn’t matter who was playing. We regard all these guys as first-team players, so it’s not about the guys who are missing.
“In the first half, I thought our set-piece in terms of our scrum and maul defence was poor and compromised us in terms of field position.
“Going into half-time with the score as it was (20-12 up), considering the issues we had in that set-piece area, we were pretty pleased.
“I think Sale got away with a little bit in terms of how they set up their maul, but unfortunately we couldn’t deal with it very well.”