Cockerill proud of resilient Leicester

Date published: January 31 2016

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Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill put his side's late comeback down to their fighting spirit after stunning Gloucester.

Logovi'i Mulipola's late try, converted by Tommy Bell, helped the Tigers come from behind to win 19-18 at Kingsholm.

"I was pleased with our resilience to stay in the game. I am pleased we stayed in the arm-wrestle," Cockerill said.

"Gloucester should have taken advantage of the opportunities they had, and they didn't, and it always comes back to bite you."

Cockerll also provided an update on Manu Tuilagi's fitness after the England centre was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

"He (Tuilagi) probably won't play next week, and he will probably come into it for Newcastle the week after," Cockerill added.

"If he is playing and back fit, then it is up to Eddie. Manu's groin is great, now it is keeping the rest of his body intact as well.

"If he was going to play in the last two (Six Nations games) and he is out for a couple of weeks, that may put him back, but I don't know. We will see.

"If he's fit. great, if he is not ready, then he is not ready.

"Fifteen months out of the game is a long time, and we are trying to manage that and integrate that as sensibly as possible. I think we've done that.

"His hamstring was a bit tight after the Stade Français game last weekend, and he had it scanned on Monday and there was the tiniest of strains there. It is nothing serious."

Gloucester boss David Humphreys on the other hand refused to blame Ben Morgan's late yellow card for the heartbreaking loss.

"It (yellow card) was a big decision," Humphreys said. "There was some contact, no question, but it certainly wasn't the reason we lost the game.

"If we look back at the game, it was very much in our control, but a couple of key errors at key points of the match meant we couldn't build the score.

"We got ourselves into a position to win the game. The first 15 minutes of the second half, we had a lot of territory and possession, but didn't manage to take those opportunities.

"Against the top teams, you have got to take opportunities as they came along in the opposition 22, and that probably shows the difference between a team in the top half of the table and a team that has been in the bottom half over the last couple of years."

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