Mistakes cost us – Cockerill

Date published: October 27 2014

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Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill blamed an accumulation of errors as the main reason his charges lost 15-3 to the Scarlets.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill blamed an accumulation of errors as the main reason his outfit lost to the Scarlets on Saturday.

A disappointing performance saw the Tigers fail to back up their Round One victory over Ulster as they go into the European break on four points.

Next up in early December will be back-to-back games against reigning European champions Toulon, with work to be done if they are to win.

“You cannot make that many errors in an important game and keep giving the opposition energy to play,” Cockerill told Leicester‘s website.

“We kept knocking-on, we didn’t control position and we put pressure on ourselves by making mistakes. It wasn’t one thing that cost us, it was all the errors together.

“They were two pretty soft tries to concede – from an error in the back-field and from an interception – and our execution was poor. If you cannot hold on to the ball and you give points away, you lose the game and that is what happened.

“At half-time it was a five-point ball-game but in the second half we never got our composure back, which is disappointing.

“It is tough in this competition because you don’t get many chances. We’ve got Toulon back to back next, then Scarlets at home and Ulster away to come, and you probably need four wins to get out of this pool.”

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