We need to be better – Cockerill

Date published: November 24 2014

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Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill wasn’t overly impressed with his side’s 26-5 Aviva Premiership victory over London Welsh.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill wasn’t overly impressed with his side’s performance in their 26-5 victory over London Welsh on Sunday.

The win moved the Tigers up to fifth in the table with Harry Thacker (2), Graham Kitchener and replacement Robert Barbieri crossing the line.

Freddie Burns though could have made it a larger margin from the kicking tee but had an off day and was eventually replaced on the 60 minute mark.

“I’ll take the five points as that’s what we came for but we need to be better than that,” Cockerill explained to Press Association Sport afterwards.

“We’ve got to be a lot sharper as it was a pretty average performance for we kicked poorly and lacked composure.”

He added on Burns: “Freddie has never been a top line goal-kicker as he has only around a 65 per cent successful strike rate and he knows he needs to improve.”

London Welsh, who were hammered by Wasps the previous week, opened the scoring with a try from Nick Scott and it was only Thacker’s second score on 38 minutes that saw Leicester gain control on the scoreboard.

“We eventually got a foothold in the game and class told but all credit to Welsh as they tackled well and made us struggle,” said Cockerill after the bonus-point win.

“This win was something to build on but we need to back it up with a win and a good performance over Wasps next week before we face Toulon. We may have Tom Youngs back to strengthen our side next week.”

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