Sale Jets: Mike Haley, John O'Donnell, Sam Bedlow, Sam James, Phil MacKenzie, Tom Morton, Nathan Fowles, Darren Fearn, Shalva Mamukashvili, James Flynn, Matt Postlethwaite, Ollie Parkinson, George Nott, Liam Parfitt, Andy Hughes (capt.)
Replacements: Dave Blackwell, George Hymes, Ciaran Parker, Tom Bell, Mike Quickenden, James Mitchell, Mark Lawrence, Charlie Ingall
Leicester Tigers Lineups
Sale Jets 0 Leicester Tigers A 13
14 October 2014, 12:15 pm ::
Match Report By Stephen Thomas
On a wet, cold night at Heywood Road, Sale Jets lost their fourth game of the season losing to Leicester Tigers A 13-0.
In the opening stages of the game, there was torrential rain which made conditions tough and very hard to play in, with many knock ons and handling errors on show, which unsettled the flow of the game. The Jets did make the first attack of the game however, as Mike Haley broke down the right wing and he offloaded to Phil MacKenzie who juggled with the ball but couldn't keep hold of it and knocked on.
Leicester got the first and only try of the game, through Tommy Bell. The Tigers had retained the ball, and recycled it to the right wing, and Bell pounced on a loose pass at full speed and went under the posts. He converted it himself to make the scores 0-7 heading into the half-time interval.
Soon after the second half beginning, the Jets were penalised at a scrum under the own posts, which Bell easily kicked to make the scores 0-10 after 44 minutes.
It seemed to be the Tommy Bell show, as anything positive Tigers did came through him as he made a great break down the wing, he kicked it on and forced Charlie Ingall to go over his own try line to award the visitors a 5m scrum.
Both sides were given yellow cards in the space of five minutes as Charlie Beckett and Nathan Fowles were sin-binned for Tigers and Jets respectively. Bell kicked another penalty from the halfway line to make the scores 0-13 with 15 minutes to go.
The Jets tried to fight back into the game, attacking in the later stages of the match but Leicester's defence was superb and stood strong to prevent the Sharks from scoring.