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Match reaction: Leicester Tigers 35 Sale Sharks 27

Match reaction: Leicester Tigers 35 Sale Sharks 27

Late tries from Gareth Owen and Nick Malouf helped Leicester Tigers edge past Sale Sharks and secured their sixth consecutive Aviva Premiership Rugby win.

First-half efforts from Ben Curry, Mark Jennings and Marland Yarde gave a resilient Sharks outfit a 22-20 half time lead.

But reliable kicking from Joe Ford and dot downs by Owen and Malouf late on gave Matt O’Connor’s men a deserved victory.

Try of the match

The early pressure came from the visitors and after catching the Tigers out of position, full-back Mike Haley saw space behind the defence and his chip-kick found the grateful hands of Ben Curry, who went over in the corner to silence the home fans and give Sale the perfect start.

Man of the Match – Ellis Genge

The Tigers were made to work hard for the win and England’s rising star was at the centre of everything the home side did. His aggression and work at the breakdown was a key component to the Tigers eventually taking control and edging ahead in the final moments.

Moment of the Match

Leicester were not assured of the win until the final moments of the game and after Marland Yarde’s high tackle, the Tigers upped the pressure and Nick Malouf’s late try, after bursting through the tackles, gave the Tigers a crucial bonus-point victory.

What they said:

Leicester head coach: Matt O’Connor: “I think we were worth the win in the end, when you have a penalty account of 19-4 in your favour you’ve probably done something right and your probably worth the result and given the attitude that Sale brought, I think we were worth the result.

“They made things very difficult and fair play we kept our composure and at half-time I said we just needed to be more accurate, we were a little bit passive when they had the ball and that gave them the opportunities on the edges and put us under some pressure

“We needed to be a little bit better and make sure that we won the midfield battle and I thought we did that in the second-half and our discipline was fantastic and didn’t give them opportunities to get cheap points. We were pretty good in the last twenty minutes and we stuck to our processes that allowed us to get the result in the end.”

Sale’s director of rugby Steve Diamond added: “There was lots of good attack from us today, but fair play to Leicester they didn’t allow us to build a lead and they just managed to be a bit more clinical from us in the end and with the results not going our way, it’s not luck its about us being more clinical and we probably infringed a little too often and we were penalised for it.

“First-half we played really well but Leicester did what they do well and they pressurised us in the second-half. We’re a good side but we need to get past the point of saying we are a good side and we need to win some of these games.

“I thought we could go out and score some more tries in the second-half but we couldn’t get our rhythm and that’s credit to Leicester. We’re a good attacking side but there is no point in allowing teams back in so we need to still work on lots of things.”

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