Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks - Aviva Premiership match preview
Last Updated: 02/03/13 2:20pm
Tom Croft will captain Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership fixture against Sale Sharks at Welford Road this Saturday.
Back-rower Croft has made a successful return after a neck injury in recent weeks and makes his 100th starting appearance for the club this weekend.
Mathew Tait and Niall Morris return to the backline for Saturday - Leicester's only home fixture during March - while Thomas Waldrom returns from the England squad to take the Tigers No8 shirt.
Tigers are without six players retained by England this weekend, while Anthony Allen, Miles Benjamin, Martin Castrogiovanni, Louis Deacon, Geordan Murphy and Boris Stankovich are unavailable due to injury.
Meanwhile, Sale Sharks travel to Welford Road to play Leicester hoping to bounce back following the 21-30 defeat at home to high-flying Harlequins last Friday.
The Sharks have won their last two away games in all competitions but have not won three in a row on the road in the same season since October 2006.
Scrum-half Will Cliff signed a new deal at the club earlier in the week but is unavailable against the Tigers due to an injury sustained in a freak training ground incident.
Leicester Tigers: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Dan Bowden, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 George Ford, 9 Sam Harrison, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Tom Croft (c), 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Logovi'i Mulipola, 2 Rob Hawkins, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 George Chuter, 17 Kieran Brookes, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Brett Deacon, 20 Jordan Crane, 21 Micky Young, 22 Matt Cornwell, 23 Scott Hamilton.
Sale Sharks: 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Jonny Leota, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Will Addison, 10 Nick Maclod, 9 Cillian Willis, 8 Richie Vernon, 7 David Seymour (c), 6 Dan Braid, 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 James Gaskell, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Ross Harrison.
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Al Dickinson, 18 Tony Buckley, 19 Richie Gray, 20 Andy Powell, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Jordan Davies.
What they said...
Leicester boss Richard Cockerill
"We've had disappointing results in the last two weeks but in terms of performance we've done some good things," said Cockerill.
"There are still six games remaining so there is a lot of rugby to be played yet and a lot of points still up for grabs. We keep a positive frame of mind and just keep battling away."
Sale wing Will Addison
It's a big game away at Leicester this weekend but they have lost a few players to international call-ups," said Addison.
"We showed what we can do at Welford Road last year and picked up a losing bonus point down there. It's a big ask to go to Leicester and win but if we can bring the different parts of our game together we feel we can do well.
"The important thing to remember is that there are still six games left and a lot of rugby to be played."
Fri 27th Mar
Northampton52 - 30Wasps
Sat 28th Mar
Leicester Tigers25 - 18Exeter
London Irish22 - 21Newcastle Falcons
Saracens42 - 14Harlequins
Sun 29th Mar
Sale Sharks23 - 6Gloucester
London Welsh14 - 29Bath
Fri 10th Apr
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Bath
Sat 11th Apr
Harlequins0 - 0Gloucester
Saracens0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 12th Apr
Exeter0 - 0Northampton
London Welsh0 - 0Wasps
London Irish0 - 0Sale Sharks
Fri 24th Apr
Bath0 - 0London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks0 - 0Harlequins
Gloucester0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers0 - 0London Welsh
Northampton0 - 0Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 17
We look back at some of the best images from Round 17 in the Aviva Premiership.
Mark McCall praised winger David Strettle, a try-scorer in Saracens' 35-14 victory over London Welsh on Sunday
Saracens took full advantage of Harlequins' slip-up by beating London Welsh 35-14 to return to the top of the table.
- Mallinder's tip for Lancaster
- O'Shea frustrated by defeat
- Cockerill: Croft for England
- Mighty Chiefs take charge
- Elliott the hero for Saints
- Leicester hit Sale for six
- Booth savours derby victory
- Worcester display pleases Hill
- Worcester claim Wasps upset
- Heathcote keeps Bath believing
- Fiddes' Cent
- Quins v Exeter: Teams
- Saracens v L Welsh: Teams
- Northampton v L Irish: Teams
- Worcester v Wasps: Teams
- Bath v Gloucester: Teams
- Timely lift for Steenson
- Bragging rights
- Hopper: No time to relax