Planet Rugby

Cockerill's high praise for WIlliams

30th March 2014 10:13

Share:

richard cockerill leicester tigers

Purring: Richard Cockerill

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill gave huge credit to young fly-half Owen Williams after winning at Franklin's Gardens.

Williams kicked 17 points, including five penalties, as Leicester took their winning run in the Premiership to nine matches and drew within seven points of Northampton in the league.

Williams joined the English champions this season from the Scarlets, with many believing he should be selected by Wales to tour South Africa later this year.

Anthony Allen scored the only try for the visitors in a typically feisty East Midlands derby, with Leicester losing both Ben Youngs and Niki Goneva to the bin.

"It's a good win for us. I thought we played some really good stuff. By and large, we controlled the game really well," said Cockerill.

"The set-piece was good, Owen Williams' goalkicking was outstanding, and to beat them (Northampton) here on their own patch - the first time they have lost at home in the league this season - it is a very good result for us.

"Owen has been good for us. I thought he was really good today. He ran himself to a standstill. He coped with it really well, and those kicks under pressure were fantastic."

Leicester still remain two wins away from the top two spots in the Premiership, making an away semi-final likely should they qualify for the playoffs.

The prospect of playing on the road however, with Leicester hitting form as ever in March, isn't one that concerns Cockerill.

"The key for us is to be on good form going into a semi-final," added Cockerill.

"At this point, we will be going to Saints or Saracens for a semi-final. We would like to think we can go anywhere and win."

  • Aviva Prem Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 14
Northampton vs Exeter19:45
Gloucester vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 15
Sale vs London Irish14:00
Bath vs Newcastle17:00
Sunday , November 16
Leicester vs Saracens13:00
Wasps vs London Welsh15:15
Friday , November 21
Harlequins vs Sale19:45
Newcastle vs Gloucester20:00
Saturday , November 22
Exeter vs Wasps15:00
London Irish vs Bath15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
  • Aviva Prem Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , October 12
Wasps 29 - 22 BathWasps vs Bath Report
Saturday , October 11
London Welsh 3 - 23 NewcastleLondon Welsh vs Newcastle Report
Saracens 28 - 21 GloucesterSaracens vs Gloucester Report
Exeter 44 - 24 London IrishExeter vs London Irish Report
Northampton 43 - 10 Sale SharksNorthampton vs Sale Sharks Report
Friday , October 10
Leicester 22 - 16 HarlequinsLeicester vs Harlequins Report
Sunday , October 5
Sale 25 - 14 Wasps
Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter
Saturday , October 4
Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh
London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Aviva Prem Table
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615