Sale see off Leicester in tight finish

Peter Betham

Peter Betham had given Leicester an early lead with two first-half tries

Sale secured a second Premiership win of the season in a thrilling game of seven tries against Leicester.

Peter Betham’s two tries saw Leicester lead 14-7 after Mike Phillips’ score.

Former Tiger Paolo Odogwu and Johnny Leota powered Sale into a 24-20 half-time lead, with Halani Aulika adding a bonus-point fourth try after the break.

Adam Thompstone brought Leicester within a point after Aulika was sin-binned but Will Addison’s late penalty sealed the victory for the Sharks.

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The win also marked Sale’s 200th in their Premiership history and featured a first half of 44 points, with the two sides exchanging five tries within the first 30 minutes.

Former Wales scrum-half Phillips claimed the first with a quick break through Leicester’s defence, but Australian centre Betham soon had the home side stunned with two of his own in quick succession.

Sale came out fighting and Leicester saw a 17-7 lead turned into a 24-17 deficit in the space of 14 minutes.

Twice the boot of Owen Williams brought Leicester back to within a point but prop Aulika’s second try in as many weeks kept Sale ahead after the break.

The Tongan was sin-binned for a side entry at the maul as Leicester were held short of the line.

But despite Thompstone’s impressive try in the corner while Sale were a man short, the home side held firm and took their chances off the tee when presented with them.

Sale Sharks: McGuigan; Edwards, Addison, Leota, Odogwu; MacGinty, Phillips; Harrison, Briggs, Longbottom, Evans, Mills, Neild, Seymour, Beaumont (capt).

Replacements: Lewis-Roberts, Aulika, Ostrikov, Lund, Pearce, Mitchell, Mugford, Bedlow.

Leicester Tigers: Veauinu; Thompstone, Betham, Tait, Brady; Williams, Youngs; Genge, McGuigan, Cole; Slater (capt), Fitzgerald, Williams, O’Connor, McCaffrey.

Replacements: Youngs, Mulipola, Bateman, Barrow, Kitchener, Kitto, Worth, Smith.

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