The Tigers fought back to secure a narrow 33-32 win over London Irish, while Sale made it two Premiership wins in a row as they saw off Newcastle 31-16
Last Updated: 05/03/21 10:45pm
Leicester Tigers won a close-fought battle against 14-man London Irish, while Sale moved up to second place in the Premiership after beating Newcastle.
Leicester 33-32 London Irish
London Irish centre Terrence Hepetema was sent off as Leicester continued their recent improvement with a hard-fought victory.
The Tigers had rested a number of their leading players at Bristol last weekend in readiness for this fixture and they were rewarded with a morale-boosting win, though a chaotic card-strewn finish led to a deceptively close 33-32 scoreline.
Kobus Van Wyk, Oli Chessum and Kuri Murimurivalu scored Leicester’s tries. Zack Henry converted the first two and kicked three penalties, while Johnny McPhillips added a penalty and a conversion.
Ollie Hassell-Collins, Matt Cornish and Paddy Jackson crossed for Irish with Jackson adding two penalties and two conversions. There was also a penalty try award.
Sale 31-16 Newcastle
Sale moved up to second in the Gallagher Premiership after defeating Newcastle 31-16 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Sharks controlled the opening period and deservedly moved 18-6 in front at the break thanks to tries from Marland Yarde and Lood De Jager.
AJ MacGinty converted one of those efforts and also added two first-half penalties, while Newcastle’s response came via the boot of Brett Connon.
Connon was successful for a third time off the tee in the second period but two more MacGinty three-pointers effectively sealed a thoroughly deserved win for Alex Sanderson’s men.
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A great night at the AJ Bell..#SALvNEW | @ccibuk pic.twitter.com/aiHzRa23kB
— Sale Sharks 🦈 (@SaleSharksRugby) March 5, 2021
Joel Matavesi and Simon Hammersley traded late tries in what was an exciting finale, but it was the Sharks that left much the happier.
Source : Sky Sports