Cockerill: ‘We got ourselves out of a hole’

Date published: April 3 2016

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill was left both delighted and frustrated with his side after their entertaining win against Gloucester.

Tigers were left chasing down Gloucester's lead after the visitors led by 14 points at half-time, with Vereniki Goneva's 73rd-minute try eventually putting Leicester back ahead.

Desperate defence on their own line from Leicester kept Gloucester out at the death and while Cockerill was happy to secure "a great win", he admitted there were plenty of frustrations.

"I am delighted with the result, delighted that we got ourselves out of the hole that we put ourselves in," Cockerill said.

"But I am really unhappy with that second 20 minutes, which wasn't good enough and not acceptable from us. If you play like that, you get what you get at half-time, which was a 14-point deficit.

"We had dominance in the game, but I think that permeated into us being a bit lax and a bit sloppy. There was poor defence and poor decision-making in that second 20 minutes, and they have got good enough players to punish you, which they did.

"I was pretty unhappy at half-time, if I am honest. We were good enough to win the game, but some of the things we did in that second 20 minutes were not acceptable.

"We had 40 minutes to save our season, because if we had lost today, we were done. We knew if we got it right, we are a good enough side to claw it back, so credit to the players for doing that.

"It was a great win, and we will take a lot of spirit from the win.

"Five points keeps us well alive in the competition, but if we are happy with part of that performance, we are kidding ourselves, and we need to make sure we understand that. There were so many positives to take out of the game – we did some good things.

"There were some harsh words said at half-time because I thought they were necessary. If we had lost, the season was done. I had no doubt we could win if we got certain things right."