Tigers back in the mix – Cockerill

Date published: January 5 2015

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill labelled their home win over Bath as “a great building block” for the second part of the Aviva Premiership campaign.

The 17-8 victory was a massive improvement from the Tigers’ 0-45 loss at the Recreation Ground earlier this season, when Bath were red hot.

And that left Cockerill enthused as he looks ahead to a strong 2015.

“It was a big game for us, and I thought we played very well against a good side,” Cockerill said following a key triumph at Welford Road.

“In isolation, it’s a massive win for us – a great building block.”

On that heavy loss at the Rec, he added: “We didn’t talk about it. I didn’t really want to revisit it too much because every time you watched it they looked so good.”

“We focused on ourselves and what we can do well.

“Across the board, I think we wanted it more than they did (on Sunday). We defended exceptionally well and we didn’t give their back-line the opportunity to create the opportunities that maybe they normally get.

“It proves we can beat the sides that have been on really good form. It puts us right back in the mix.

“It sends a little bit of a bullet across the bows of everybody that we are still in the mix and we have still got the appetite to compete. We needed to win today.”