"We weathered the storm," said Diamond. "We had James Gaskell and Dwayne Peel injured in the warm-up which was quite freakish and Josh Beaumont after 15 minutes.
"There was about 20 minutes where it was scoreless in the first half and I thought for that time we were playing reasonably well. Our defence was good and the referee was doing really well at that stage.
"Mark Easter wasn't even on the bench."
"We then brought Josh Beaumont on who's a kid but a physical lad and was doing well before he got injured.
"Fortunately Easter hadn't had a couple of beers before he was called from upstairs to put my boots on, somebody else's gumshield and play well for 60 minutes."
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