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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 December 2007, 16:57 GMT
Leeds 20-34 Sale
Sale's Lee Thomas celebrates the first of his two tries against Leeds
Thomas scored two tries to help Sale to victory in Leeds on Sunday
Leeds (10) 20
Tries: McGee, Biggs 2
Cons: Hinton
Pens: Hinton

Sale (13) 34
Tries: Thomas 2, Mayor, Ripol
Cons: Hodgson, Thomas 2, Laharrague
Pens: Hodgson 2

Sale moved back into the Premiership play-off places as they fought back from a 10-point deficit to beat Leeds.

Rock bottom Carnegie went ahead through Tommy McGee's converted try and Leigh Hinton's penalty but Sale cut the gap through two Charlie Hodgson penalties.

Lee Thomas's try gave Sale a 13-10 half-time lead and he added a second before Tom Biggs scored for Leeds.

Tries from Chris Mayor and Oriol Ripol secured Sale's bonus point and Biggs' second try was merely a consolation.

  • Leeds director of rugby Stuart Lancaster:
    "We worked extremely hard and we did a lot of great things but the bottom line is we didn't come away with anything.

    "That hurts but my philosophy is that if you work hard then you get your rewards in the long run.

    "We'll keep going and will travel to Wasps believing we can win."

  • Sale director of rugby Phillipe Saint-Andre:
    "Leeds started very well in the first 20 minutes and when the opposition are 10 points in front they you've got a lot to do.

    "But we didn't panic, we became a bit more patient and scored four tries.

    "I'm pleased with our progress overall. Since the World Cup we have had three games and we've taken 14 points."

    Leeds Carnegie: Hinton, Satala, Vickerman, Blackett, Biggs, Brooks, Bedford, MacDonald, Ma'asi, McGee, Hooper, Lund, Dunbar, Oakley, Balding.
    Replacements: Cusack, Parkes, Hopcroft, Clark, Edwards, Tuilagi, Hepworth.

    Sale: Laharrague, Cueto, Mayor, Thomas, Ripol, Hodgson, Wigglesworth, Faure, Lawson, Turner, C. Jones, Cockbain, White, Lund, Chabal.
    Replacements: Bruno, Sheridan, Roberts, Cox, Martens, Keil, J. Fernandez Lobbe.

    Referee: Ashley Rowden (RFU)

    Bath 41-10 Leeds
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