DIRECTOR of rugby Steve Diamond hailed Sale Sharks' lethal weapons after Saturday's thrilling 58-25 thrashing of Worcester Warriors.

The rampant Sharks ran in eight tries in a barnstorming display at the AJ Bell Stadium as they notched up their highest points tally of the season to rise to sixth place in the Premiership table with four games to go.

Sale bagged four tries in each half with the scores being shared out between Ben Curry, Faf de Klerk, Marland Yarde, Denny Solomona, Mike Haley, Josh Strauss, Byron McGuigan and James O'Connor while AJ MacGinty added 13 points with the boot on his return from a two-month injury lay-off.

And the Sharks boss was more than satisfied with the players' display on their return to action after a three week lay-off.

"I think in the first half especially we were dominant from every area. What we did really well was that we managed to get the ball out to the wings with quick ball and they couldn't live with our shape really," Diamond told the club's website.

"We've got a fit team and a set of backs who know how to play and we can put our goals over so the rudiments of a good team are there and I think in scoring 30 plus points away at both Bath and Northampton and against Worcester we've shown that we've been able to control the game a bit better.

"I think Faf and AJ did a brilliant job of controlling the game and credit to Worcester as they had a good go at us but they couldn't live with the pace of Marland, Mike Haley and Denny with Faf and AJ MacGinty controlling it so it was a really good performance from us.

"The only downside of the day was that we just went off our defence a little bit in the second half and with making a few changes we just became a little bit disjointed.

"We knew when we put this side together last year it would a take a bit of time to settle in. We've got one or two senior lads going to join us in the summer and I think everyone out there with the exception of Mike will be with us for the next two, three, four or five years so we have the basis of a good team."