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Cup shoot-out against Sale Sharks

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It is shoot-out time in the EDF Energy Cup this week with a semi-final place at stake in the final round of pool fixtures.

Leicester Tigers welcome visitors Sale Sharks to Welford Road on Friday evening (7.40pm kick-off), at the same time as Bath Rugby host Cardiff Blues in the other fixture in Pool B.

Any one of the four teams could top the group and reach the semi-finals, with Tigers currently on six points, the Blues on five, Sale and Bath on four. Victory for Tigers, though, would guarantee a place in the last four for the defending champions.

Tigers won the Anglo-Welsh competition for the first time last season with a thrilling final performance against The Ospreys and Marcelo Loffreda’s men will not want to loosen their grip on the silverware.

This season’s competition began with a bonus point taken from a narrow defeat at Bath, before Tigers scored a five-try home win over Cardiff to climb to the top of the table, but Sale Sharks – with international stars Sebastien Chabal, Mark Cueto, Jason White, Charlie Hodgson and new signing Luke McAlister involved - are coming into form with two bonus-point wins in their last two Guinness Premiership matches and an exciting encounter is in prospect.

Tickets for Friday’s match are on sale now. Contact the Tigers ticket office on 08701 28 34 30, book online or call in at Welford Road. The match is included in Tigers season tickets.