Cockerill hails Tigers resilience

Date published: November 26 2016

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Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill hailed his side's resilience after they overcame Bristol to win 21-16 and move within a point of third-placed Wasps on the Premiership table.

Tigers downed Harlequins convincingly at Welford Road on Sunday and with a short turnaround, Cockerill was especially pleased with the way they reacted.

Freddie Burns missed a penalty early on but quickly made amends to cancel out 20-year-old Billy Searle’s effort for Bristol.

The Leicester number 10 then moved Tigers ahead and though Searle pulled a penalty back, Burns was again at the heart of a fine move when his cross-kick found Adam Thompstone for the opening try.

Ellis Genge muscled over for a second just after half-time, but Bristol edged back into contention through former Tiger Rob Hawkins and the boot of Adrian Jarvis.

And in the face of a late Bristol effort, Tigers held firm, which particularly pleased Cockerill as he prepares for an East Midlands derby against Northampton Saints next time out.

“After just a five-day turnaround, we got the result that we wanted by coming away with the four points,” he told the Premiership's official website.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t kick on after we scored our second try and take control but our defence was good and we’ve only conceded one try in two games. Our resilience was good against a side who played very well and who were unlucky not to get anything from the Bath game last week.”

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