Cockerill hails Tigers after ‘big away win’

Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby has praised his team after their victory over London Irish at Reading’s Madejski Stadium as a which moved the Tigers into second place.

Leicester scored a try by flanker Thomas Waldrom and then before fulltime the Tigers forwards dominance paid off and London Irish’s scrum collapsed for a third time forcing the referee to award a penalty try.

The penalty try turned out to be enough to deny London Irish a losing bonus point and also take the Tigers above Irish into second place.

“That is a big win away from home for us. It is our first win in the Premiership away from home and it is points against a side who were above us and cements us in the top four,” said Leicester head coach Cockerill.

“We have just tried to work as hard as we can with the players we have got. What we have tried to do consistently over a number of years is the guys who go on the field believe in themselves and I believe in them.

“The forward pack as a whole were really good. (George) Skivington and (Brett) Deacon really gelled well and were really physical against a good line-out.”

Tigers young star fly half Billy Twelvetrees was again impressive with his three penalties and two conversions helped him outshine his opposite number Ryan Lamb as he stood in for England number 10 Toby Flood.

Cockerill said that he had to rest Flood after he received a bang on the head against the Springboks last weekend, “Floody was picked to play but his head was not quite right. What I mean by that is that he still had a bit of memory loss about the (England) game so we didn’t risk him.

“Billy has done a good enough job to come away from home against a big side and today I thought he did some pretty good things under pressure. At a push, we could have had Floody on the pitch but you have to have confidence in your squad.”

Cockerill’s opposite number at London Irish Tobby Booth said that their dressing room was a quiet place after the fifth straight defeat in all competitions.

“It is very disappointing today,” he Booth told the Premiership site. “I’m disappointed for the fans and the people who have come to watch today because parts of that were pretty ordinary but we still managed to get ourselves into a position to win the game.

“We are still within reach although elements of our game were not good enough.

“This game is about momentum, pressure and making people do things. If you can’t keep possession for long periods of time, it doesn’t matter how good a side you are or how good your individuals are, you cannot sustain pressure.

“Although I thought we were much better than we were in contact last week, in the set-piece we were ordinary.”

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