ALEX Sanderson said he has "things to build upon" after winning his first game in charge at Sale Sharks.

The 41-year-old, who ended his glittering 17-year association with Saracens to replace Steve Diamond as director of rugby during the two-week break, was given a perfect start to life in the job as Sale came from behind to beat Leicester 25-15.

Sam James, Cobus Wiese and Marland Yarde all landed tries in what proved to be a comfortable victory for the Sharks, but the Tigers had dominated the first half and led through Tommy Reffell’s try.

Despite the victory, Sanderson knows his work is only just beginning.

And that work will be put to the test when they travel to league leaders Bristol tomorrow night.

“Winning generally comes as an outcome of getting all the other bits right,” Sanderson said.

“If we got some transference from how we trained, and what we talked about, even just glimpses of it and give us things to build upon and anchor all the hard work we’ve done, I’d have been happy.

“So to get the win on top of that is a bonus, and a good one. But let’s not get carried away, it’s just the start, it’s just a good start.”

Victory saw Sale climb to third in the table.

Meanwhile, the Sharks have announced that Welsh prop WillGriff John will join Scarlets next season.

The uncapped 28-year-old was chosen in Wales’ Six Nations squad last year but has been left out for this year’s tournament.