By Nik Simon For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 23:29 BST, 5 September 2020 | Updated: 23:29 BST, 5 September 2020
For a moment, it felt just like old times.
The opposition pack had been bullied, before the ball was shifted to Manu Tuilagi to pump his legs and score under the posts at the Mandela Park end.
It is a sight that Leicester Tigers fans used to live for on a Saturday afternoon, except in the new normal their favourite son was wearing the colours of Sale.
Manu Tuilagi scored for Sale Sharks against his old club Leicester Tigers in 31-40 victory
The centre scored under the posts as he explained he 'loved it' on his return to Welford Road
Win or lose, this was always going to be Tuilagi's day. His homecoming was one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the season and he lived up to the billing with a try to keep Sale in firm contention for a home play-off.
'I loved it,' said Tuilagi. 'It's been my home for so many years, so I was excited to come back. I've still got the Leicester accent and I don't think that will ever change. I was playing against good mates of mine. It was a different feeling not playing for Tigers but it was just nice to get the win.'sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more