|Sale Sharks (16) 26|
|Tries: McGuigan, Yarde Cons: MacGinty 2 Pens: MacGinty 4|
|Leicester Tigers (3) 10|
|Tries: Penalty Pens: Henry|
AJ MacGinty set up a try and kicked 16 points as Sale held off Leicester for a fifth successive Premiership win.
MacGinty slotted four kicks and teed up Byron McGuigan, who finished tidily, to build a 16-3 half-time lead.
Tigers responded impressively, adding to Zach Henry’s kick with a penalty try when Sale had two men in the sin bin.
But Marlon Yarde’s score after some relentless pressure ensured Sharks moved up to second prior to Exeter’s game against Worcester on Saturday.
Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick made drastic changes from their last match, with 12 players coming in following the win over Ulster last Friday which saw Tigers reach the European Challenge Cup final.
But, despite a spirited second-half effort, a young Tigers side were unable to avoid a fourth defeat in five league matches and a sixth loss in a row against Sale in all competitions.
More to follow.
Sale Sharks: L James; McGuigan, S James, Hill, Yarde; MacGinty, De Klerk; Rodd, Van der Merwe, Oosthuizen, Wiese, Beaumont (capt), J-L du Preez, T Curry, D du Preez.
Replacements: Ashman, Harrison, John, Phillips, Nield, Quirke, Wilkinson, Doherty.
Leicester Tigers: Henry; Van Wyk, Moroni, Kelly, Murimurivalu; McPhillips, B Youngs (capt); De Bruin, Clare, Heyes, Henderson, Lavanini, Martin, Brink, Liebenberg.
Replacements: Dolly, Whitcombe, Hurd, Green, Wiese, Van Poortvliet, Williams, Steward.
Referee: Tom Foley.