Watch the Match Highlights from the Gallagher Premiership fixture between Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks in Round 6 of the 21/22 season.
After victory in each of the opening five games of the season for the first time in their Premiership history, Tigers led 6-3 at half-time as they protected the last unbeaten record in the league against a Sharks side with a strong recent record in the contest.
It had been a cagey opening 40 minutes, with both defences denying any clear-cut opportunities, though Tigers had got off to a strong start with scrum-half Ben Youngs prompting from the breakdown as Nemani Nadolo twice carried through midfield.
But they had to wait for half an hour to make any impression on the scoreboard with Ford kicking his first penalty and then adding another shortly after Kieran Wilkinson had opened his Sharks account.
A wonderfully crafted try for Liebenberg pushed that lead into double figures in the third quarter but it remained a tight contest until Ford added a late penalty to make it 19-6.
Sharks, with wins in each of the last five meetings of the teams and also in their last three visits to Leicester, still had one chance to take at least a point as they scored a try with the clock already beyond 80 minutes. But the missed conversion attempt meant they had to go home empty-handed.