‘Tigers still improving’: Cockerill

Date published: November 2 2015

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill insists his side are still improving as they continued their fine start to the Premiership season with a 24-16 win over Wasps at Welford Road on Sunday.

Vereniki Goneva and debutant Telusa Veainu crossed for the Tigers tries and while Lorenzo Cittadini bagged a late consolation for Wasps they went home empty-handed.

Wasps are still searching for a first win at Welford Road since 2008 while the Tigers stay second in the standings with three wins from three.

And Cockerill liked what he saw from his charges but is confident there are better things to come.

"That was a good performance, but we can definitely be a lot better," he said.

"A bit of control in that middle part of the game would have helped – we seemed to get a bit lost and let them back in the game.

"But we played some good stuff – I thought we created a lot.

"Wasps are a good side so it was nice to get a good win and they go away with nothing which I think will be important.

"The league is going to be tight and Wasps will certainly be contenders for it.

"After last week's performance, this was a more complete performance, we controlled the game we controlled them well and I thought we deserved to win and there was no doubting the result really.

"We were good in attack and did the basics a lot better than them. We seemed to get the raw end from the referee in the first half but we tightened up after the interval.

"We were mentally resilient and wanted it far more than them. Our defence was outstanding as they are a very dangerous side."

Meanwhile, Wasps have lost both away games so far this season – at Harlequins and Leicester in rounds one and three.

They only have one win on their travels in the league in 2015 – against London Welsh in April – and Dai Young admits his side lost to the better team at Welford Road on Sunday. 

"We got what we deserved today," he said.

"We were beaten by the better side. They put us under pressure and forced too many errors from us.

"That's now two disappointing away performances and we're not quite clicking in attack.

"We've only scored three tries and we don't look as threatening as we did last year. We've got a lot of work to do."