The centres now seems a bit of a weak area for Tigers as they lack both defensive and attacking prowess. The quicker Dan Kelly and Guy Porter can get back on the field the better. 16:58KEY EVENTMATCH REPORT IS IN Read Bobby's match report by clicking here. Manu Tuilagi of Sale Sharks is tackled by George Martin 80'KEY EVENTFull-timeTigers 16 Sale 26Sale concede the penalty on halfway and Gopporth tries to kick to the corner but missesThat's Tigers first home Premiership loss since Bristol on the 5th of June 202179'Ethan ClampScrum TigersSale knock-on and it'll be the final play. Scrum Tigers on their own 2278'Ethan ClampPoor kickTigers need to play from deep but Gopperth's cross-field kick goes straight into touch77'Ethan ClampHeld up Tigers hold up Sale over the line and get the goal-line drop-out76'Ethan ClampCorner againWells is penalised again and Sale kick to the corner again74'Ethan ClampTo the cornerVan Poorvliet's box kick is kicked straight out and from the lineout Sale win the penalty and kick to the corner73'Ethan ClampTigers penaltyTigers win the penalty after a ball is hacked through by Sale and Steward gathers but the away side are pinged for not releasing.
But things seem rather different now. Tigers were at one point 11 points up but went on to concede 21 unanswered points. Sale looked good at look to be a real top 4 side this season but Tigers made it far far too easy for them. The champions looked disjointed in attack with only Nemani Nadolo looking a real threat, there were huge gaps all over in defence. With the tough test of Harlequins coming up, Borthwick will need a change, and quickly or else Tigers could get left behind from the top 4 chasing sides. Moroni shaped hole- There was plenty made of the gap that Genge and Ford would leave with their departures in the summer but it seems the Argentina centre may be the biggest hole.
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20:16KEY EVENTWhat Borthwick saidRead what Steve Borthwick said post match by clicking here Steve Borthwick, the Leicester Tigers head coach18:26Bobby BridgePlayer ratings are inOur reporters have given their scores after Leicester Tigers' defeat to Sale Sharks. To find how we rated the Leicester players out of ten, click here. Jasper Wiese of Leicester Tigers17:04KEY EVENTRate the players Rate the playersTigers16Sharks26Gallagher Premiership, Saturday 8th, 202217:00Ethan ClampFull-time thoughts from reporter Ethan ClampWhat a difference- It was only three months ago that Tigers fans were cheering across the country as Freddie Burns slotted over that now famous drop-goal.
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Gopperth kicks to the 2272'Ethan ClampPenalty missedDu Preez kick slides wideBig repreive for Tigers71'Ethan ClampSale penaltyThe away side win the penalty at the scrum and point to the posts69'Ethan ClampTenseTigers win the free-kick at the scrum and go quickly but are turned over but Sale then knock-onScrum Tigers 10m inside their halfIt's getting tense68'Ethan ClampScrum TigersRob du Preez knocks-on in contact and Tigers have the scrum on their own 2267'Ethan ClampSale penaltySteward tackles Tom Roebuck in the air and Rob du Preez kicks to the 2265'Ethan ClampSale penaltySnyman concedes the penalty at the lineoutSale kick to halfwayScott and Cronin off, Watson and Leatigaga on64'Ethan ClampSale lineoutTigers run out of options and Van Poorvliet grubbers through but it dribbles into touchSale lineout 5m from their own line63'Ethan ClampTigers penaltySale go left instead of clearing and are penalised at the ruckTigers go to the corner, 5m outAkker van der Merwe off, Ewan Ashaman on61'Ethan ClampKnock-onTigers knock-on close to the lineSale scrum 60'Ethan ClampScrum TigersBurns goes for the chip over and Scott chases and wins the race but is excellently tackled by Quirke.
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Tigers then win the scrum as Sale knock-onTigers scrum 5m out58'Ethan Clamp50-22Burns puts in an excellent 50-22 and Tigers have the lineout 20m out56'Ethan ClampCloseSale are absolutely flying now and was nearly in again as Tom O'Flaherty charged into the Tigers 22 but he's chased and brought down by Steward and fumbles as he's brought to groundScrum Tigers 10m from their own lineSnyman comes on for Green52'KEY EVENTSale TryAfter a kicking battle Joe Carpenter runs into the Tigers half before finding Raffi Quirke who crosses overDu Preez adds the extras16-26Cracknell, Heyes and van Poorvliet come on for Matin, Cole and Wigglesworth48'KEY EVENTTry SaleRaffi Quirke darts through a gap close to a ruck before finding Tom Curry who crosses over the lineDu Preez adds the extras16-1946'Ethan ClampTurnoverSale come right back at Tigers after the home side clear and Manu Tuilagi charges towards the line but is stopped by Martin.
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Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks LIVE: Updates from Prem Rugby clashIt's game day. Leicester Tigers, the reigning champions of England, take on the unbeaten Sale Sharks at Mattioli Woods Welford Road. It promises to be a Titanic tussle between two sides with title ambitions with old Saracens colleagues Steve Borthwick and Alex Sanderson going head-to-head in the dug outs. For Tigers, there's a return of the world-class duo of Jasper Wiese. Sale have a centre Tigers fans will need no introducing to as Manu Tuilagi returns to the ground where he made his name. Follow all the build-up, team news, live play-by-play match updates, reaction, stats, analysis and highlights from Mattioli Woods Welford Road with regular posts in the live blog below...
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