Dimes Determined to Finish in Top Six after Europe Experience
19 January 2015 12:15pm
By Neil Leigh
Steve Diamond has admitted that the experience of this season's European Rugby Champions Cup has made him and his squad even more determined to finish in the Top Six of the Aviva Premiership and so book their passage into next season's European showpiece.
Speaking after Saturday's defeat to Clermont Auvergne, he told the Manchester Evening News: "We have lost at home to three sides - Saracens in the last minute, Munster in the last minute and now in the last 10 minutes to Clermont," said Diamond.
"We've come a long way as a side in this competition but we've got a lot to do and a lot to work on.
"It's good that we are playing against these kind of sides who are, week in and week out, probably better than us and we will learn from it.
"We are pushing in the top six of the Premiership and the goal for us now is to qualify for this top European competition again.
"If you qualify, you want a group which has big sides like Clermont, Munster and Saracens. For us it's a joy to play in it.
"I'm not disappointed and the performance was there as we will beat the mid-table sides in the Premiership if we perform like that week in, week out."