Cockerill fumes after Leicester let victory slip

Richard Cockerill says England should focus on playing the England way

Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby was fuming after his team let a 24-7 lead slip to 24-all draw to London Irish at home on Saturday.

The Tigers led 13-7 at half time and looked ot be on their way to their first home victory when centre Horacio Agulla scored a second half try.

However Leicester turned down kickable penalties and London Irish scored two late tries through Adam Thompstone and Matt Garvey in a remarkable comeback.

“It is hugely disappointing,” Cockerill told PA Sport. “We put ourselves in a position to win it.”

“The penalty count was massively in our favour and we didn’t take advantage of it. We have nobody but ourselves to blame for what has turned out to be a poor result.”

He added: “We made poor mistakes across the board in that last quarter and it cost us the win.

“They played well and defended well but we got what we deserved. At 24-7, we had to play in the right areas of the field and control the ball.

“But we played a lot of time in our own half, had sloppy pieces of play and we let them back in the game. We have to do better.”

“We got charged down from a box kick and then two minutes later we get charged down again for them to score and draw the game. Across the board, everyone was to blame.”

London Irish coach Toby Booth was in a very different mood as his charges picked up two points when 20 minutes earlier it looked like they would leave Welford Road empty handed.

“It was a tough contest and I think the most pleasing thing is to come back from such a deficit.”

“It speaks volumes about the team,” said Booth.

“That is fantastic and, if you have that type of effort and belief, it bodes well for you kicking on when things are tough.

“What is remarkable for me is we have come here and got something out of the contest with a line-out that struggled in particular and the penalty count was 17-6. We also contributed 17 turnovers. “

“So, to do that at Leicester and still get something out of the game, shows how well we defended.”

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