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Cockerill delighted with away win

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill pointed to the result as vindication for his team selection in Friday's Aviva Premiership match at Newcastle.

Cockerill gambled on leaving out some of his top players, including England half-backs Toby Flood and Ben Youngs, but his team won 24-13.

The Tigers made sure of a home tie in the Premiership play-off semi-finals, and Cockerill said: "We have put ourselves in position to win a semi-final and make it into the grand final, and that's always been a target."

He added: "We'd like to go up against London Irish and in the play-off semi-final with a fully-fit squad, and the guys who came in for us today did a really good job.

"Giving Ben and Toby a rest will freshen them up for London Irish and the play-offs."

Falcons head coach Alan Tait said: "We have to keep going and target a win against Bath next week.

"It's all or nothing now in our final two games against Bath home and away.

"It's disappointing missing out on the losing bonus point but we have to get on with it.

"There are a lot of sore bodies in the changing room, but they have to get themselves back up for Bath - and I'm sure they will."

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