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Preview: Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks

Wing Tom Brady opened his Aviva Premiership try-scoring account last time out – and he wants one to become two and more as Sale Sharks travel to Leicester Tigers.

 

Brady got the ball rolling for Sale in their 15-3 win over London Irish last weekend, collecting a Danny Cipriani cross-field kick in the 18th minute for his first league try of the season.

That result temporarily propelled the Sharks into the top six in the Aviva Premiership before other results saw them move down a place to seventh with Leicester just above them.

The Tigers, who occupy sixth, did the Aviva Premiership double over Sale last season but Brady is confident of victory given how well the Sharks’ forwards pack is playing at present.

Sale have won two of their last three in the Aviva Premiership and Brady said: “When you are winning scrum after scrum and winning line outs and getting ball in hand it is a dream to have such a good forwards pack.

“And if they keep playing like they are then hopefully that is just the first try of many for me. I was so glad to get my first one for the first team this season [against London Irish].

“We knew it was going to be a hard game and to be honest I thought they were going to push us more than they did but we defended well like we have done all season and kept them out.”

Leicester welcome Sale to Welford Road off the back of a record margin of defeat in the Aviva Premiership last time out as they lost 49-10 at current league leaders Saracens.

Mathew Tait returned from a long-term ankle injury to start for the first time since last season’s Aviva Premiership final and he wants a response against the Sharks.

“It was a disappointing day. At half-time I thought we were in the mix. We played well in the first 40 minutes and with the wind and the conditions were within touching distance,” he said.

“It's difficult to lose two guys to the bin against a quality team like Saracens. It was always going to make it hard. The second-half was disappointing. We know we're better than that. We have to regroup now.

“We are very disappointed but after two very good wins in Europe we rested a few bodies. We have two home games and we will players to come back in.

“Everyone is hurting. This will be bottled for next week and when Saracens come to us. We have Sale and Bath and have to win both of those to keep us in the mix.”

Referee: Matthew Carley (7th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Ashley Rowden & Peter Huckle. TMO: Rowan Kitt.

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