Updated: Thursday, 20th February 2020 @ 12:56pm

Sale Sharks 13- 34 Leicester Tigers

Sale Sharks 13- 34 Leicester Tigers

By Robert James Pollock

Sale’s lead at the interval was swiftly undone as the Tigers ran in 31 unanswered points in the second half to inflict defeat on Steve Dimaond’s charges.

A Tom Brady try helped the Sharks to a 13-3 half-time advantage but Leicester’s class prevailed as four of their World Cup stars crossed the line in a one-sided second period.

The visitors started strongly with England International Tom Croft leading his side’s advances and Toby Flood’s 11th minute penalty put the first points on the board.

Diamond’s men responded well and a lax moment in defence by Tigers full-back Geordan Murphy almost allowed Rob Miller to touch down but the TMO adjudged a knock on.

The Sharks continued to impress, particularly up front, and two Nick McLeod penalties before the half hour mark put the blue and white’s 6-3 ahead.

Winger Brady touched down three minutes later and the home side looked on course to continue their fine home form in this season’s Aviva campaign.

A hack forward by Scottish international Richie Vernon led to Sale penalty from which Dwayne Peel took a quick tap and fed Miller who put Brady over in the corner. McLeod added the extras.

Leicester resumed with real purpose and a Flood penalty on 50 minutes was followed up by a Alesana Tuilagi try from which the English ten duly converted.

Moments later Italian prop Martin Castrogiovanni touched down in the right corner which was followed by a Flood try and the impressive ten converted both.

A superb line-out steal by Croft enabled Argentinean prop Marcos Ayerza to complete the Tigers rout on 70 minutes and the clinical Flood slotted home the conversion.

British and Irish Lion Andy Powell and mountainous Irishman Tony Buckley recorded debuts for the Edgeley Park outfit but their presence wasn’t enough to upset the Midlanders.

The result makes it three defeats in a row in all competitions for Diamond’s men who travel to Saracens next weekend looking to bounce back.

“We showed in parts today how good we can be but come the second half we showed our Jekyll and Hyde character,” said Diamond.

“We’ve got a lot to work on and we got taught a lesson today, but that’s how you learn. We will go away and lick our wounds and come back.”

Attendance: 8,673.