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Guinnness Premiership Preview - Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers

21 December 2007

Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers Sunday 23rd December 2.45pm

 

Current Form

 

�        Sale had 2 comfortable victories in the European Challenge Cup against Bayonne and top Pool 4 with a maximum 20 points from 4 matches played. The only team in the competition that boast this record.

�        They have already qualified for the quarter-finals with 2 Pool matches left to play.

�        Sale have won 4 from 7 in the Guinness Premiership and sit at half way, 8 points behind leaders Gloucester.

�        Sale have won all their 3 home league matches this season.

�        Leicester go to Edgeley Park after 2 very hard Heineken Cup matches against Toulouse, both games going with home advantage.

�        Leicester are 2nd in Heineken Cup Pool 6 and will probably need to win their final 2 matches against Leinster and Edinburgh with bonus points to have any chance of qualifying for the next stage.

�        They have made a good start to the Guinness Premiership with 5 wins from 7 matches played. They occupy 4th spot in the league, 6 points behind Gloucester and 2 in front of Sale.

�        Leicester have won 3 from 4 away from home this season, their only defeat coming at Saracens.

 

History

 

�        Sale and Leicester have met 22 times in the Premiership since 1997.

�        Leicester have dominated the fixture with 13 wins to Sale's 5 and 4 matches have been drawn.

�        Sale only won 1 of the first 12 league meetings between the sides.

�        Leicester completed a league double over Sale last season winning 35-23 at Welford Road and 26-25 at Edgeley Park.

�        Sale have won 4 and drawn 3 of the last 11 meetings played in Cheshire.

 

Trends and Trivia

 

�        Sale won at Worcester in their last league match and Mark Cueto scored a try. The last time they won away and Mark Cueto scored a try were both in October 2006.

�        Sale have conceded 136 points in the Guinness Premiership this season, 36 at home and 100 away.

�        Charlie Hodgson is joint 2nd top scorer in the Premiership with 63.

�        He has dropped 5 goals this season, the most by any player in the league.

�        Ben Foden, who is likely to be out injured for the next 3 months is Sale's leading tryscorer in the Premiership this season with 4.

�        Sunday's game should see All Black colleagues Luke McAlister and Aaron Mauger facing each other in the centres. McAlister making his Guinness Premiership home debut and Mauger his Guinness premiership full debut.

�        Leicester are the only team outside the bottom 3 not to have gained a 4 try bonus point this season.

�        Andy Goode is Leicester's top points scorer in the Premiership this season with 45.

�        Goode has now scored 1322 points in total in Premiership rugby and he is now only 41 points behind record holder Jonny Wilkinson on 1363.

�        Tom Varndell the leading tryscorer with 3.

Sale's Steve Hanley has scored the most ever tries in the Guinnes Premiership and Leicester's Neil Back is joint second. Paul Sackey now only needs one to overtake Back.