15Mike Haley, FB
14Byron McGuigan, W
13Sam James, C
12Will Addison, C
11Marland Yarde, W
10Alan MacGinty, FH
9Faf de Klerk, SH
1Ross Harrison, P
2Rob Webber, H
3WillGriff John, P
4Bryn Evans, L
5Andrei Ostrikov, L
6Jonathan Ross, FL
7Tom Curry, FL
8Josh Strauss, N8
16Marc Jones, R
17Alexandru Tarus, R
18Halani 'Aulika, R
19Josh Beaumont, R
20Ben Curry, R
21Will Cliff, R
22Johnny Leota, R
23Luke James, R

*Players currently on the pitch are shown in bold

Game Info

Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
4:00 PM, May 5, 2018

Match Commentary

81'13-35 Try - Jonah Holmes , Leicester Tigers
81'+213-35 End of second half
80'Hold onto your hats. Departing prop Logovi'i Mulipola takes over kicking duties, with hilarious consequences (it isn't successful..)
80'TRY! And they get it! Ford and his brother are involved and as the space is created out wide, George finds Holmes on the right wing to score.
80'Sale try to launch one last attack but it is a forlorn attempt as Leicester secure a penalty at the breakdown. Ford boots it into the corner. The visitors have one more shot at a bonus point.
79'Leicester lose the ball forward but it matters little. The Tigers are heading to a fairly comfortable victory.
77'Leicester launch another raid into the Sale half.
76'Substitute on - Joe Ford , Leicester Tigers
76'Player substituted - Jonny May , Leicester Tigers
76'Substitute on - Harry Wells , Leicester Tigers
76'Player substituted - Michael Fitzgerald , Leicester Tigers
75'Drop goal! Ford drops back into the pocket to stroke a drop goal through the posts.
75'13-30 Drop goal - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
74'Leicester enjoying possession inside the Sale 22 as they roll through 15 phases.
72'Another expertly judge kick from Ford takes play to the Sale five-metre line. The England fly-half has been exceptional today.
72'Player substituted - Faf de Klerk , Sale Sharks
72'Substitute on - Will Cliff , Sale Sharks
72'Substitute on - Alexandru Tarus , Sale Sharks
72'Player substituted - Ross Harrison , Sale Sharks
70'They win a penalty at the first, but at the subsequent lineout Marc Jones' throw is crooked.
69'Substitute on - George Worth , Leicester Tigers
69'Player substituted - Mathew Tait , Leicester Tigers
69'Player substituted - Luke James , Sale Sharks
69'Substitute on - Johnny Leota , Sale Sharks
68'Halani 'Aulika does well to force a penalty from Leicester. Sale will have a lineout on the 22, they need to make the most of it.
66'Substitute on - Greg Bateman , Leicester Tigers
66'Player substituted - Ellis Genge , Leicester Tigers
66'Player substituted - Ben Youngs , Leicester Tigers
66'Substitute on - Sam Harrison , Leicester Tigers
66'Player substituted - Mike Williams , Leicester Tigers
66'Substitute on - Valentino Mapapalangi , Leicester Tigers
66'13-27 Conversion - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
65'TRY! Ford to May to Mike Williams and the latter scores under the posts. Excellent move.
65'13-25 Try - Mike Williams , Leicester Tigers
63'Sharks have less than 20 minutes to turn this around. With Bath winning heavily and Gloucester losing any Sale victory would seal Champions Cup rugby as things stand.
63'Player substituted - Dan Cole , Leicester Tigers
63'Substitute on - Logovi'i Mulipola , Leicester Tigers
61'MacGinty and Tom Curry involved as Sale build possession towards the Leicester 22.
59'Again the lineout is secured by Leicester but after he peels off and towards the drive, Genge is isolated and the Curry brothers can effect the turnover.
59'Substitute on - George McGuigan , Leicester Tigers
59'Player substituted - Tatafu Polota-Nau , Leicester Tigers
57'Leicester secure the lineout and set the drive. As the ball is recycled, Veainu kicks into the in-goal area but they had a penalty coming.
56'But Josh Beaumont is penalised at the breakdown and the Tigers will be able to clear.
55'A powerful carry from Yarde on the left wing helps Sale back into the Leicester half.
55'Substitute on - Marc Jones , Sale Sharks
55'Player substituted - Rob Webber , Sale Sharks
55'13-20 Conversion - Alan MacGinty , Sale Sharks
53'TRY! Veainu beats three defenders before setting off upfield. But possession is lost, Tom Curry intercepting before passing to Yarde who canters over to give Sale hope.
53'11-20 Try - Marland Yarde , Sale Sharks
53'Substitute on - Josh Beaumont , Sale Sharks
53'Player substituted - Andrei Ostrikov , Sale Sharks
52'6-20 Penalty goal - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
51'Tuilagi knocks the ball on as he looks to break into the 22 but the Sharks are penalised for offside.

Meanwhile, Wayne Barnes checks some handbags between Ben Youngs and Ben Curry.
50'Veainu and May combine to get Leicester into the Sale half once more. Possession is lost but the visitors were playing with an advantage.
49'Player substituted - WillGriff John , Sale Sharks
49'Substitute on - Halani 'Aulika , Sale Sharks
48'That won't help. MacGinty's restart goes out on the full. The hosts need something to go for them soon.
48'6-17 Penalty goal - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
46'Leicester have begun the second half in dominant mood. Another attacks ends in a penalty, and Ford will take a shot at goal.
46'Substitute on - Ben Curry , Sale Sharks
46'Player substituted - Josh Strauss , Sale Sharks
44'Ford again breaks free but just as it looks as though Tigers will score again, his pass goes into touch.
43'6-14 Conversion - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
42'TRY! Excellent break from Ben Youngs, who pops a perfect pass to Ford to canter over. Sale have a mountain to climb.
42'6-12 Try - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
41'We're back underway at the AJ Bell Stadium where Sale, where the hosts received possession before de Klerk box-kicked up to halfway.
41'6-7 End of first half
40'Post! Ford hits the other upright with a penalty attempt this time, before de Klerk boots the ball out to bring an end to the half. Sale are in touch but they have it all to do if they are going to get the bonus point win they need. The match very much has an end-of-season feel.
40'6-7 Start of second half
38'Intercept! De Klerk picks up from a scrum on halfway and makes 10 metres. As play builds into the Tigers 22 it looks as though MacGinty is going to play the scrum-half in to score. Holmes, however, has other ideas and picks off the pass.
36'Leicester do well to win the scrum penalty, but then waste that good work as Polota-Nau's throw isn't straight.
34'Sale catch Leicester cold with a short lineout move that allows de Klerk to sprint into the Tigers 22.

Polota-Nau does well to get back and make the tackle, but as he looks to get up and over the ball his leg is caught. He looks in some pain, but he's staying on.
29'Post! Ford cannons a long-range penalty off the left-hand upright.
27'Evans receives the kick off and Sale launch an attack from inside their own 22, Mike Haley and Luke James combining to take play into the Tigers half. But Leicester secure the turnover at the breakdown.
26'6-7 Penalty goal - Alan MacGinty , Sale Sharks
25'De Klerk finds Marland Yarde with a good pass and the England wing takes his side up to the goal line. The Leicester defence manages to stem the tide, just, before Dan Cole gives away a penalty. This time MacGinty calls for the kicking tee.
24'Evans claims the lineout for Sale but their drive is held five metres out by the Tigers.
23'Leicester penalised at the breakdown and this time MacGinty kicks to the corner.
20'A scrappy passage of play is brought to an end by a de Klerk box kick that Holmes races forward to claim.
18'A wayward clearance from MacGinty but the bounce is kind to the hosts and Bryn Evans gathers.
16'Sale are on the board through MacGinty, but given their situations should they have gone to the corner?
16'3-7 Penalty goal - Alan MacGinty , Sale Sharks
13'MacGinty looks for a crossfield kick to Byron McGuigan on the right wing. May shepherds the ball into touch for a lineout.
11'0-7 Conversion - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
10'TRY! George Ford puts Manu Tuilagi into a slight gap and after the ball is recycled the fly-half passes to Telusa Veainu who pops it to Jonny May on the left wing. He is halted before the line but Jonah Holmes is on hand to dot down.
10'0-5 Try - Jonah Holmes , Leicester Tigers
9'Player substituted - Will Addison , Sale Sharks
9'Substitute on - Luke James , Sale Sharks
8'Tatafu Polota-Nau breaks into the Sharks 22 but his pass to Ellis Genge is forward.

Will Addison has not looked comfortable for a while, and unable to run off a knock his final Sale appearance comes to an end after just eight minutes.
7'Faf de Klerk makes a brilliant break to take Sale into the Tigers half, and is able to keep the move alive. It ultimately comes to nothing but the Sharks win the ball back quickly.
5'A lovely offload Graham Kitchener takes Leicester into the Sale 22 but the ball is lost forward. Tuilagi puts in a good tackle to stop the Sharks counter, but the hosts will have a scrum.
4'Leicester do well and as their lineout drive rumbles on, Jono Ross is penalised for bringing it down.
3'MacGinty spots some space in behind the Leicester defence and puts in a wonderful kick to take play to the five-metre line. Pressure on the Tigers lineout.
1'AJ MacGinty gets us underway and Sale are on the attack and into the Tigers 22 as they hunt tries.
1'The players are out on a sun-drenched pitch and we're moments away from what could be a momentous day for the hosts.
1'Sale this week issued a press release denying they were about to sign Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, and boss Steve Diamond doubled down on that as he spoke to TV ahead of today's match.
1'Hello and welcome to live coverage of Sale's Aviva Premiership season ending clash with Leicester at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Both teams head into the final match of the season harbouring hopes of Champions Cup qualification. The Tigers need just one point to guarantee their place in the next season's competition while their hosts must win with a bonus point while denying their visitors one of their own. Simple...
1'0-0 Start of first half