Asked about the new signings, Bryan replied, "Richie Gray bashed his knee early on - not badly - and Danny Cipriani was pretty efficient. It was good to get them out there. Andy Powell had his first outing and was our best player, in terms of his energy and his carries. Most of them did well, but it was an 'average' performance.
"We need games like that to learn from them. We need the conditions, playing against a more physical outfit than last weekend. It's rained, but it's a great surface, so you can still play rugby.
"We've got to get out of pre-season mode. It's about going to Exeter, we need to be tough. Our work ethic and our desire to scramble in defence was good tonight.
"A good exercise, a good workout for us."
Sale Sharks will face Irish opposition for the second time over the holiday weekend when the Under-20 side play Munster Under-20 next Monday at Heywood Road. Mark Jennings, Nathan Fowles, Tommy Taylor, Ross Harrison, Josh Beaumont, Will Bordill and James Doyle are all expected to feature. Kick off is 7.30 p.m.
Sale Sharks open their 2012-13 Aviva Premiership campaign at Exeter next Saturday before returning to Salford for the visit of Saracens on Saturday 8th September (4.30 p.m.).