Ben Youngs back to seal Leicester Tigers win
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill praised a “massive four points” as his side turned around a half-time deficit to win 20-8 at Sale Sharks.
Scrum-half Ben Youngs’ second-half try on his first appearance of the season was the game’s key moment while half-back partner George Ford added 15 points with the boot.
The win took Tigers into the top three of the Premiership, level on points with second-placed Harlequins.
“They played well and put us under pressure in the first half,” said Cockerill. “We didn’t have any ball to work with and they were really hard at the line.
“We kept our discipline and composure though and we spoke really well at half-time.
“The boys said the right things and it was us who had all of the ball in the second half.
“We were able to put the pressure on them and we scored a good try
“It’s a really good win and I am delighted with the result. Our commitment was really good defensively. Those four points will be massive at the end of the season.
“Ben has not played any rugby this season and was a bit rusty but he did well and George kicked his goals and made good decisions.”
Struggling Sale belied their position at the bottom of the table with a gutsy first-half performance.
An early try by Rob Miller gave them the impetus they needed and they looked good for an 8-6 lead at the break.
But Tigers showed real class after the interval and turned the game on its head in the opening 10 minutes of the half.
Youngs crossed the line at the end of a lovely blindside move and two penalty kicks by Ford put Tigers 17-8 ahead.
Tigers weathered a late storm and added a fifth penalty by Ford to kill the game off as the Sharks finished with 14 men after Joe Ward’s yellow card.