Mauger praised by Cockerill

Date published: November 14 2015

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has praised the impact Aaron Mauger is having at the Tigers after they beat Stade Français.

The 33-20 victory at Welford Road saw the hosts adopt an expansive and entertaining style that helped them to a bonus-point success to start the pool.

Tries were scored by Vereneki Goneva, Matt Smith, Brendon O'Connor and Ben Youngs, but it was Mauger who received the most praise from Cockerill.

"Aaron Mauger has been really good for us, he questions everything we do and I've been doing the same. We come from different ends of the game but it gives us a really good balance. Geordan Murphy as well helps the environment, we scored some great tries tonight. The sides who win trophies are the sides who can play all types of rugby," he told EPC Rugby after the win.

"Our intent to play was really good tonight, it might have got us in trouble a few times but even when we went behind we trusted what we were doing and it started bearing fruit for us. We needed to carry the ball at them more in the early stages.

"But our intent to play was shown by the fact we got four tries and a bonus-point which is really important for us. For them not to get anything is just important, so it's a great start for us."

Meanwhile, the arrival of flanker O'Connor from the Blues in New Zealand brought an immediate impact as the English qualified player was excellent.

"Brendon O'Connor will only get better, he scored a great try and had a great steal for one of the others. He's getting integrated into the team now and he's English qualified. He's a great lad and an out-and-out seven," he said.