Sale Sharks 32-5 Leicester Tigers, AJ Bell Stadium
Sale Sharks came up with a clinical performance as they trounced Leicester Tigers 32-5 in their Gallagher Premiership clash at AJ Bell Stadium on Friday.
The win has taken Sale Sharks to fifth place in the table with 39 points while Leicester slip to ninth place after losing their 10th match.
Leicester were the first to open their account when Facundo Gigena dotted down in the 6th minute but unfortunately for them that remained their last points in the game as they failed to find a breakthrough. Joe Ford missed the conversion and moments later it was Faf de Klerk, whose penalty went wide of the post.
The response from Sale Sharks came in the 22nd minute when Bryn Evans crossed over after Ford was sin-binned. Steve Diamond's side added their second try shortly and this time it was Denny Solomona, who touched down as the scoreline became 10-5 before they headed into the break.
The third try from Sale Sharks came 10 minutes into the second half with Valery Morozov crossing whitewash with de Klerk missing the conversion. Any chance of a Leicester comeback was put off by a red card to number eight Sione Kalamafoni for shouldering opposite number Josh Beaumont in the head.
Sale made most of their advantage from scrum with their bonus point coming from a try from Beaumont with de Klerk failing to slot another conversion before was sin-binned two minutes later. Nevertheless, the South African international made an impactful return with a try in the 76th minute before the home side were awarded a penalty try to complete a 32-5 win.
Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher Premiership.
12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.
The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?
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