‘Tigers respect Saracens’ – Cockerill

Date published: May 19 2016

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill believes there's a lot of respect between the Tigers and Saracens ahead of their semi-final.

Tigers are preparing to feature in the knockout stages for a twelfth successive year while hosts Saracens – who topped the table after 22 rounds – are making their seventh consecutive appearance just a week after beating Racing 92 to the European Cup for the first time.

And before Saturday's kick-off at Allianz Park, Cockerill found time to praise Saracens after their trophy success in Lyon last weekend.

"Saracens have already had a successful season in Europe," he told the Tigers website.

"They were in control for most of the Final and they deserved to win. They've had a big season. We know we have to go there and put everything on the line.

"For us, it is all to do, but we know if we are on our game and play how we can play then we are certainly good enough. They will know that.

"Both sides will have a huge amount of respect for each other."