Round-up: Chabal pounces on fragile Tigers

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Sale's Sébastien Chabal plunged over in the dying moments to condemn Leicester to successive defeats on Saturday, following last week's reverse at London Irish .

Trailing 9-6 to Luke McAlister's hat-trick of penalties, they looked to have snatched victory when Jordan Crane was driven over in the 71st minute. Chabal had the final word in the 79th minute, however, when he went over in the right-hand corner to inflict a second home defeat of the season on Leicester.

"We were in control of the game and came close to the line three or four times," Sale's director of rugby Philippe Saint-André said. "It's never easy to win here. We knew it would be tough, but we came here with confidence and the players didn't panic when Leicester scored late in the game."

Lawrence Dallaglio was delighted with Wasps' 32-30 victory over Bristol, but then spoke out about the clash of international and Premiership fixtures.

Wasps were forced into six changes from the side that beat Bath last week, with England's squad including Phil Vickery, Simon Shaw, Paul Sackey, James Haskell and Danny Cipriani and Ireland having Eoin Reddan at scrum-half.

Bristol were leading until replacement scrum-half Mark McMillan scored Wasps' fourth try eight minutes into added time and Cipriani's deputy, Dave Walder, converted.

"Why should we be penalised?" Dallaglio asked. "The fans get short-changed. We gave a huge amount at the World Cup and we need to get that reciprocated, otherwise we'll have to think about recruitment in different ways."

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