Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Cockerill: Job done

Richard Cockerill

Coach Richard Cockerill hailed Leicester's hard-fought 28-23 win over spirited Sale as "job done" as they moved into the top four of the Premiership for the first time this season.

Leicester led 17-0 after 20 minutes, through a penalty try and a Geordan Murphy score, but they allowed the visitors back into the match and an upset was a real possibility after Fraser McKenzie and Rob Miller had crossed for Sharks at Welford Road.

Cockerill said afterwards: "We were under the cosh, it's a game we could have easily lost but you can see how much it meant to them by the jubilant reaction on the final whistle at securing a bonus point."

He added: "We would have liked to have got a bonus point but it's a job done, nine points in two league matches over the holiday period with a quick turnaround and seven changes to our side."

Sale's performance was admirable considering they lost two players through illness before kick-off and two more during the match.

David Seymour was helped off after a clash of heads within two minutes of the start with team-mate Henry Thomas, who later suffered a leg injury.

Coach Tony Hanks said: "The boys managed so well to deal with two late drop-outs and two early injuries. It will do a lot for their confidence.

"We kept at it and we never gave up, we just ran out of time but we definitely deserved something out of the game."

On the injury victims, he added: "Dave Seymour looked very bad when he came off but he seems okay now. I'm disappointed for the lad as he is the form number seven at the moment and could have displayed his talents on TV.

"Henry Thomas is on crutches, he turned a knee but hopefully it is not as bad as first feared."