‘We had a good mindset’ – Cockerill

Date published: February 29 2016

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill believes his side was rewarded for their positivity after their 47-20 win over London Irish.

Tigers scored seven tries at Welford Road on Sunday, with the hosts showing their intent when they kicked their first penalty to the corner.

That pleased Cockerill, whose side are now fourth in the Premiership table.

"The attitude to kick to the corners from that first penalty and put pressure on them rather than play conservatively and go for the points was really good because we had to win the game," he told Leicester's website.

"It showed a good attitude from the players. We had a good mindset, good physicality, we did some good things and got the right result.

"It's good to get back to winning ways. We played some really good stuff and as always there are things to work on. We're a bit disappointed with the three tries we conceded but we needed to win, we got the five points.

"I was pleased with the mentality and the physicality. But no one is going to get over-excited, it is one game and we've got a run of tough games to come."

Springbok centre Jean de Villiers was amongst the try-scorers on Sunday and Cockerill was happy with how he combined with Manu Tuilagi.

"Manu and Jean are getting a relationship there at centre," he added.

"They've had two games, they're both getting their match fitness too, which is just as important. Hopefully next week they will get better and stronger again.

"I'm happy with both of them, they've started to look sharp and they will be vital in the run-in."