Burns progressing well – Cockerill

Date published: September 13 2014

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Leicester boss Richard Cockerill is satisfied with Freddie Burns' progress after joining the club from Gloucester this season.

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill is satisfied with Freddie Burns' progress after joining the club from Gloucester this season.

Burns started his second match for Leicester at Sandy Park against Exeter Chiefs, kicking 11 points in a 24-20 victory.

The England international is settling into life at Welford Road and Cockerill has taken note of his attitude in training.

“Freddie is working really hard and I would like him to make every decision perfect rather than cock-up occasionally,” Cockerill said.

“He has worked very hard at training; is trying to use the right options at the right times – sometimes he will get it right, sometimes he won't – but I was happy with him today. He kicked his goals and got us into some field positions.”

As for the win itself, Cockerill admitted Leicester couldn't too excited considering they still have much to work on.

“It is a good win on the road and you take it as that. We won't get too excited about the result; we will take some positives but there are a lot of things where we need to be better,” added Cockerill.

“Any win is a good win because I think sides will get beat here (at Exeter) that will be in and around us. I thought that Exeter played pretty well, I thought we could have played better but both sides had players missing.

“We told the players at half time that we wanted more accuracy. In the first half there were opportunities to counter-attack and we executed poorly. You can't give silly penalties away; you can't get pinned in your own half an that was a bit frustrating.

“Our kicking game in the first half was a little aimless at times but in the second half we were better. I thought our defence, apart from their two tries – where we slipped off tackles close to the line – was pretty good.”

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