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Cockerill unhappy with 'poor' Tigers

17th February 2014 05:55

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Peeved: Richard Cockerill

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill was left unsatisfied following his side's unconvincing 11-8 victory over visiting Gloucester.

The champions' execution was way off the mark in Sunday's win and they trailed 3-8 heading into the final ten minutes before Mat Tait crossed to level things up.

Toby Flood's match-winning penalty came from the scrum where Leicester had been dominant, but the other areas of their game left much to be desired as Cockerill pointed out afterwards.

"We did not play well at all, our basics were poor, catching, passing, organising, all those things, it was a poor performance from us," said Cockerill.

"But we've got the win, it's probably one of the only positives to come from the game.

"We had opportunities in that second half, we turned the ball over too easily and that is not acceptable at this level.

"It's been a bit of a story of our season, we create opportunities, we don't take them and Gloucester played well, scored a good try and looked dangerous when they had the ball.

"And we struggled with the ball, we couldn't string a pass together.

"You play like that and you will not be in the top four, with respect to Gloucester you play a better side that takes those opportunities that we presented to them and we will get beaten.

"We have got to play better than that or next week we will get beaten, simple as that."

Leicester remain 5th in Premiership, tied on 40 points with Harlequins as the race for the playoffs heats up with eight rounds to go.

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