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Match Report: Sale Sharks 13 Leicester Tigers 35

05 May 2018
Match Report: Sale Sharks 13 Leicester Tigers 35

George Ford scored 20 points as Leicester Tigers beat Sale Sharks to secure a fifth-place finish in the Aviva Premiership Rugby and secure Champions Cup rugby next season.

Jonah Holmes scored a try in each half with Ford and Mike Williams both going over after the break to seal the victory.

AJ MacGinty’s penalties had kept Sale in touch with Marland Yarde offering them hope when he went over in the corner.

Holmes opened the scoring on nine minutes after neat interplay between Telusa Veainu and Jonny May created space out wide for the winger to dot down.

Ford added the extras but two MacGinty penalties reduced the deficit to a point with the Tigers fly-half hitting the post twice late on in the opening half.

Tigers broke clear with their second try with England international Ben Youngs darting through a gap and feeding Ford to race underneath the posts to make it 14-6.

Two Ford penalties extended the Tigers’ advantage before Yarde pulled a score back for the hosts by completing a fine counter-attacking move.

Williams got the crucial score on 64 minutes, his first in Tigers colours.

After a turnover from Brendan O’Connor, Ford gave a neat inside ball to May whose offload to Williams allowed him to dive over.

The Tigers fly-half took his tally to 20 when he dropped into the pocket and received a lovely pass from Sam Harrison enabling him to knock over a drop goal on 76 minutes.

And there was still time for Tigers to secure the bonus point.

A sweeping play from the visitors was finished in the corner by Holmes though Logovii Mulipola – in his last appearance for Tigers – missed the extras.