Sale Sharks reach first Premiership final in 17 years after beating Leicester Tigers

One game away from their first league title since 2006.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 15th May 2023

They’ve really gone and done it: Sale Sharks made their home semi-final even more memorable by emerging victorious against Leicester Tigers on Sunday and booking a place in their first Premiership final in nearly two decades.


Sale beat the Tigers 21-13 with tries from Tom Roebuck and Arron Reed, as well as two penalties by George Ford, which turned out to be enough to send them to the final at Twickenham for the first time in 17 years, having last made it there 2006 when they won their only Premiership title against Leicester.

The scenes at full-time following the historic semi-final were ecstatic.

The crowd were in wonderland after Sale secured their first Premiership final in 17 years.

Having made it past the reigning champions yet again this season, the Sharks are now set to face off against Saracens, who finished five points clear above Sale at the top of the table over the course of the calendar season.


However, the North London side were only promoted back to the top flight in 2021 and Alex Sanderson’s side did manage to beat them 35-24 back in March.

Moreover, having made it past the record 11-time champions on all three occasions in their journey to the final, you have to fancy Sale’s chances following such a stronger year.


They have a really good shot at winning this and the players know what it would mean not only to Manchester but to the northern rugby scene in general.

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The only sting in the tail is that captain Ben Curry had to be withdrawn from the game just 29 minutes in and was literally carried off the field with a hamstring injury, sadly leaving the ground on crutches. He’ll be a big miss if it’s as serious as it looks, no doubt.

Regardless, we still have every faith that the local lads will turn up on the day and Sanderson will know how to beat his former team come crunch time.


The Premiership Rugby Grand Final takes place next weekend on Saturday, 27 May at 3pm. Come on, lads, bring it home!

You can watch the highlights of Sale Sharks’ semi-final win over Leicester Tigers down below:

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Featured Image — Sale Sharks/Ben Nurse (via Twitter)