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- Aviva Premiership
- 28th Nov 2008
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Edgeley Park
- Att: 9,586
Sharks show their teeth
After four defeats on the spin, Sharks come up trumps at home
Sale Sharks ended their poor recent run of home form with a 27-13 victory over Leicester Tigers at Edgeley Park on Friday night.
Philippe Saint Andre's men had lost their last four games in all competitions on home turf, but they battled out a welcome victory to move them temporarily up into second place in the Guinness Premiership.
Early tries from Mark Cueto and Mathew Tait, and a Luke McAlister penalty, enabled Sale to open up a 17-0 lead, but a second half score from Aaron Mauger got the Tigers back to within seven.
Julian Dupuy's boot kept Leicester in contention as the game stayed on a knife-edged right until the last action of the game, when Rory Lamont's try sealed it for the Sharks.
Sale had the perfect start to the game after just ten minutes, when England winger Cueto showed a prime example of his blistering pace to gallop away for the opening try.
Cueto picked the ball up just inside his own half and race away for the remaining half of the field to touch down for the try, which was converted by McAlister.
Eight minutes later and a mass of Sale Sharks piled over the Leicester try-line, with Tait emerging as the scorer of the second try which, when converted, made it 14-0.
A 14-point lead for the home side became 17 on the half-hour mark, when McAlister sent another effort sailing between the posts to increase the Sharks' advantage.
The Tigers finally got on the scoreboard three minutes later when French scrum-half Dupuy kicked his first penalty of the night.
Trailing at half time, the Tigers got right back into the game seven minutes after the restart, after Mauger seized on a loose ball before slipping through a couple of tackles to scamper over from 12 yards.
McAlister booted over a 40-yard penalty to make the gap ten points again, but Leicester got to within a converted try with Dupuy replying with his boot just after the hour mark.
That kick made it 20-13 and the game was still in the balance in the closing stages as the tension started to mount.
With a lengthy period of added time being played, Sale finally sealed the result with Lamont's try coming in the final piece of action in the match, as the hosts finally won in front of their own fans.
McAlister converted to take his tally to 12 points on the night, with the 27-13 scoreline representing a confidence-boosting victory for the home side.
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
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