Cockerill backs Tigers to go all the way

Date published: April 11 2016

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill believes his team can go all the way to Champions Cup glory.

Speaking shortly after his side's 41-13 triumph over Stade Français, Cockerill said his side can beat any of the European heavyweights left in the competition in a knockout match.

"I'm delighted with the win, it was a great performance from the side," he told EPC Rugby. 

"You could feel the anticipation coming into the ground this afternoon, and we didn't know what Stade were going to bring. We knew it was going be physical.

"I'm delighted for the team, we have a semi-final, but we haven't won anything yet. We're the unpopular side to support, but we know we can beat anyone in a one-off game. 

"We know we can beat Racing or Toulon if we get it right, and if we go to a final, it's a one-off game and we can win them."

Leicester scored six tries against Stade and Cockerill is happy with the way his team's development under head coach Aaron Mauger.

"It's no secret I brought Aaron Mauger in to help the team develop and evolve," he added. 

"We're doing some good things with ball in hand and our physicality was very good. It's all about winning the game, but we are definitely growing. Tuilagi came through another 80 minutes well and Veainu and Betham were the pick of the bunch today.

"We still have to improve our accuracy, but the players understood how important this game was. We worked hard to get a home quarter-final and we wanted to take advantage of that. 

"This weekend has shown that if you get a home draw, you usually win. We'll back ourselves to get a result against anyone here."

The Tigers will face Racing 92 in their semi-final at the City Ground in Nottingham on Sunday, April 24.