Wasps inflict third defeat in row on Sale to give Deacon blues

  • Sale 23-26 Wasps
  • Injuries to Barbeary and Kibirige tarnish Wasps’ win

Paul Deacon has made no secret of the fact that his elevation to Sale’s interim coach has caused him one or two sleepless nights, and that restlessness is likely to continue after this result.

This is now three defeats in a row since Steve Diamond departed as director of rugby, and Sale will look back on the latest as a real missed opportunity. On a stop-start afternoon for both sides, this always felt like a case of whichever side sharpened up their attack by the narrowest of margins would be the ones who secured victory in the final Premiership game of 2020.

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