For the second time in the season, the BBC website and headline featured the vanquished, not just the victors. The first paragraph read:
Sale scored six tries to beat Leicester who had number eight Sione Kalamafoni sent off early in the second half.
Sharks moved into the top five courtesy of first-half scores from Bryn Evans and Denny Solomona after Facundo Gigena had crossed for Tigers.
Valery Morozov stretched their lead after the restart shortly before Kalamafoni saw red for an illegal clear out at the fringes of a ruck.
Josh Beaumont, Faf de Klerk and a penalty try then added further points.
Sale move to within two points of fourth-placed Gloucester, who face Harlequins on Sunday, with Steve Diamond’s side above Bath on the same number of points by virtue of more wins.
Defeat for Leicester continues their inconsistent campaign and Kalamafoni’s anticipated suspension will add more problems to an already injury-ravaged squad.
Tigers were 15-5 behind when referee Matthew Carley and television match official Graham Hughes ruled that the Tonga back-row forward’s shoulder had made contact with Sale number eight Beaumont’s head.
Both sides also had a man sin-binned on the night as Joe Ford picked up a yellow card in the first half for slapping the ball out of Evans’ hands when he scored Sale’s first try.
De Klerk was also punished for Sale before his second-half try when he took out Tigers winger Jordon Olowofela in mid-air.
|Tries: Evans, Solomona, Morozov, Beaumont, De Klerk, Penalty|
Sale: L James; Solomona, O’Connor, Van Rensburg, Reed; S James, De Klerk; Morozov, Webber, John, Evans, Phillips, Ross (capt), Curry, Beaumont.
Replacements: Langdon, Bristow, Jones, Postlethwaite, Neild, Warr, Redpath, Odogwu.
Sin-bin: De Klerk (61).
Leicester: Holmes; Sarto, Aspland-Robinson, Eastmond, Olowofela; J Ford, Simmons; Gigena, T Youngs (capt), Heyes, Spencer, Kitchener, Williams, Thompson, Kalamafoni.
Replacements: Kerr, Ma’afu, Feao, Wells, Evans, Lewis, Hardwick, Steward.
Sin-bin: Ford (22).
Red card: Kalamafoni (56).
Referee: Matthew Carley.