Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Miller Magic Inspires Sale ; Bonus Point Win Secures Fifth Spot

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Miller Magic Inspires Sale ; Bonus Point Win Secures Fifth Spot

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SHARKS 24 GLOUCESTER 19 DEPARTING fullback Rob Miller demonstrated again just what Sale will be missing when he moves on this summer by grabbing a brace of tries to help fire Sale up to fifth in the Premiership.

The England Saxon revealed earlier this week that he is to join Wasps but there was no doubting his loyalty and commitment to the cause at an icy windswept AJ Bell Stadium as the Sharks put Gloucester to the sword.

Miller struck two quick fire tries within a devastating five- minute spell early in the first half, and even recovered from being sick on the field to score his second touchdown.

With inspirational skipper Dan Braid also grabbing a brace of tries, Sale had the icing on the cake of a bonus point victory - though they were made to sweat as Gloucester, who had been reduced to 13 men at one stage with two players off in the sin bin - sought to fight back in the second half with a buffeting wind behind them.

However, the Sharks - again inspired by their mighty pack - deservedly held firm to maintain their push for a top four place, much to director of rugby Steve Diamond's satisfaction.

"To beat Gloucester any time is an achievement and we've managed to get a bonus point as well so we are delighted with our night's work," said Diamond.

"Its ironic. This time last year we were bottom of the league and 12/13 points adrift so we're in a completely different position.

"The team has an awful lot of belief even though we didn't play as well as we could do but we got the win to stay around the top six which is where we want to be and Rob and the other boys who are leaving are totally committed to the cause.

"If we apply the simple things with scrum and our drive they couldn't control us. They gave away two yellow cards and we capitalised on that where it mattered so we are very pleased."

Ironically, Miller's first contribution was a fumble which allowed Gloucester the momentum to score a second minute try through winger Martyn Thomas. …

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