While a penalty eight minutes in from Leicester’s Tim Stimpson may have seen the England fullback make history by being the first player in Premiership history to break the 1,000 point barrier, it was soon forgotten by the four-time champs.
Stimpson’s two first-half penalties were eclipsed by four from England fly-half Charlie Hodgson for the home side, sending the Sharks into the break at 12-6 in front.
Just when Leicester’s half-time teamtalk may have been ringing in the ears, Sharks scrum-half Nick Walshe put the home team even further in front with the first try of the night, Hodgson’s conversion creating yet more daylight between them and the Heineken Cup holders.
Leicester scrum-half Harry Ellis answered back with a try of his own midway through the second half, with Stimpson’s conversion taking the Tigers within sight of Jim Mallinder’s Parker Pen Shield holders.
But a 62nd minute try from second-row Chris Jones, converted by Hodgson, ensured four points for the north-west side – a penalty from Hodgson towards the end wrapping up a fine night for the Heywood Road outfit.
SharksTries: Walshe, JonesCons: Hodgson 2Pens: Hodgson 5
Leicester TigersTry: EllisCon: StimpsonPens: Stimpson 3