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Preview: Leicester v Sale Sharks

27th December 2013 09:43

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SKY_MOBILE Owen Williams - Leicester - 15/11/13

Fly-half: Owen Williams

Leicester have recalled Dan Bowden, Owen Williams and Adam Thompstone to their backline for their last fixture of 2013, against Sale Sharks on Saturday.

Mathew Tait is retained at full-back against his former club after returning from injury last week.

International front-rowers Marcos Ayerza, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole are back in the starting line-up. Louis Deacon captains the side in the absence of the injured Toby Flood and is joined in the second-row by Ed Slater.

Thomas Waldrom, who made his 100th appearance for the club in the defeat at Saracens last Saturday, is included in the back-row.

Sale meanwhile are without Danny Cipriani for the trip to Welford Road so Nick Macleod wears number ten, alongside scrum-half Dwayne Peel.

Making his debut in the game will be Tongan number eight Viliami Fahiki who joined the club last month.

Mark Cueto moves to the centre to cover for the injured Mark Jennings and Charlie Ingall is recalled on the right wing after an impressive game at Saracens in November.

Form: Leicester Tigers record defeat in Aviva Premiership Rugby at Saracens on Saturday ended a six game winning streak in all competitions. The last time a visiting side from north of Leicester has won a game at Welford Road was when Sale themselves did so in the Premiership on 23rd February 2008. Sale Sharks have recorded back to back victories at home to Oyonnax in the European Challenge Cup and London Irish in the Premiership, whilst the Sharks only victory away from home in the tournament since February was 22-16 at Gloucester on 7th September. The Tigers have won their last seven fixtures with Sale since the Sharks were victorious 15-12 at Edgeley Park on 4th September 2009.

The teams:

Leicester: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Vereniki Goneva, 12 Dan Bowden, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Ed Slater, 4 Louis Deacon (c), 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Neil Briggs, 17 Boris Stankovich, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Sebastian de Chaves, 20 Jordan Crane, 21 David Mélé, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Scott Hamilton.

Sale Sharks: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Charlie Ingall, 13 Mark Cueto, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Tom Brady, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Viliami Fahiki, 7 Dan Braid (c), 6 James Gaskell, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Andrei Ostrikov, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Eifion Lewis Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Jonathan Mills, 20 David Seymour, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Andy Forsyth.

Date: Saturday, December 28
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Venue: Welford Road
Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant referees: Ashley Rowden, Peter Huckle
Timekeeper: Eric Bullion
Television match official: Rowan Kitt
Assessor: Gary Welsh

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