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Tigers hold off Sale fightback

Published 01/01/2012

Geordan Murphy (right)
Geordan Murphy (right)

Leicester secured their fourth Aviva Premiership victory in a row by seeing off Sale 28-23 at Welford Road but it was far from convincing.

The Sharks were in danger of being over-run when they fell 17-0 behind after only 20 minutes, thanks to a penalty try and a score by skipper Geordan Murphy, but Sale showed spirit to fight back and had Leicester nerves jangling towards the end before a late Toby Flood penalty secured a home win.

Fraser McKenzie collected a try for the visitors before Alesana Tuilagi crossed to stretch Leicester's lead after the interval. Rob Miller outpaced the Tigers' defence to grab Sale's second score but Flood, who notched three penalties and two conversions, made sure for the home side.

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