Cockerill laments inaccuracies

Date published: December 15 2014

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill believes his side paid the price for inaccuracies in their game against Toulon on Saturday.

The Tigers lost 23-8 at Stade Mayol in a result that leaves them five points off the French giants with two games to play in Pool Three.

Champions Cup action now takes a break until January 16-18 when Leicester host the Scarlets before going to Ulster the following weekend.

“We’re disappointed but if you give opportunities to a side as good as Toulon then at some point you will get punished,” Cockerill said, speaking to Leicester Tigers official website.

“You have to be accurate, it is as simple as that, on the big stage against the really good sides.

“We started poorly but we held on there, dug in and give ourselves a fighting chance. But ultimately they were better than us on the day and took the spoils.

“They are a very good side, they are big and physical, and we came second best. They deserved to win. They are not French champions, French league leaders and double European champions for no reason.”

In injury news, lock Brad Thorn has a strained calf muscle, with Cockerill explaining the situation.

“Losing Brad’s experience in a big game is not ideal, but Seb de Chaves did a good job and battled hard,” added the boss.

“Graham Kitchener had a bruised hip but he will be fit this week and it was good for Geoff Parling to get 80 minutes in. Geoff hasn’t played for 12 weeks but coming through the last two weeks is good for us and we’ve also got Tom Croft back and we know how good he can be.”