‘Tigers will reach playoffs again’ – Cockerill

Date published: March 30 2016

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill is confident his side will make the Premiership's play-offs for the 12th successive year.

The Tigers are currently in fifth place on the table – a point behind fourth-placed Northampton – and Cockerill insists his side still reach the play-offs although there are just four matches of the league season left.

Northampton host Leicester at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday, April 16 in a clash which could determine who finishes fourth.

"We are determined to be in the top four, we want to be there and I think we will be," Cockerill told the BBC.

"We've got to keep battling – twists and turns will happen."

Leicester last missed out on a playoff spot during the 2003/04 season when they finished fifth.

The following season they finished at the top of the table and then played in nine successive Premiership finals, of which they won four.

Northampton currently have 51 points from 18 matches with Leicester one point adrift after the same number of games. However, the Saints have a points difference of 82 while the Tigers' is 20.

Although there are so few matches left, Cockerill is adament that nothing is certain yet.

"This will go down to the last game I think," he added. 

"It will be a tight old finish, I'm sure."