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Match Report: Leicester Tigers 35 Sale Sharks 27

19 Nov 2017
Match Report: Leicester Tigers 35 Sale Sharks 27

Leicester Tigers dug deep to extend their Aviva Premiership Rugby winning streak to six with a hard-fought victory over Sale Sharks. 

In an eight-try thriller, second half scores from Gareth Owen and Nick Malouf ensured the Tigers secured the bonus point victory after the Sharks had led at the break.

Ben Curry opened the scored following a lovely chip-kick from Mike Haley allowed the teenager to find space and go over for the visitors.

Referee Luke Pearce then award the home side a penalty-try and sent Curry to the sin bin for collapsing the maul.

But the Sharks regained the advantage as the visitors worked the phases to create the extra man out wide, allowing Mark Jennings to score.

An incisive Tigers attack then caused the Sale defence to be out of position allowing Ellis Genge to go under the posts.

But the visitors went in at the break ahead after Marland Yard, who started and finished a crisp move to cap off his first start with a try.

An early Tigers penalty from Ford put the home side ahead, but Sale got their bonus point with their fourth try of the afternoon when Jono Ross powered over after more good phase work from the Sharks, deep in the Tigers half.

The Tigers edged in front inside the final 15 minutes as Ford’s kick to the wing eluded Yarde to find the hands of Gareth Owen who fought over the line for the try, with the conversion added by Ford.

After Yarde was shown the yellow card for a series of high tackles, the Tigers went in search of their bonus point try and got there thanks to Nick Malouf’s late burst in the corner to settle the score in the home side’s favour.