Cockerill targets win double
Published 18/12/2011 | 11:52
Leicester boss Richard Cockerill has set his sights on a potentially thrilling conclusion to the Tigers' Heineken Cup pool, and he admitted: "We know exactly what we need to do."
Cockerill's men rescued their European campaign from the perils of possible group stage elimination by staging a superb second-half fightback against French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne to win 23-19 at Welford Road. It means that Leicester, Clermont and Ulster remain in the Pool Four shake-up with only one quarter-final place guaranteed.
Leicester go to Belfast when the tournament resumes next month, then end their campaign at home against Aironi. They are currently two points behind Ulster and one above Clermont. Former England hooker Cockerill said: "To quality from these pools you need to win five of your six games."
He added: "So we know exactly what we need to do, which is beat Ulster in Belfast and Aironi at home."
The Tigers, European champions in 2001 and 2002, appeared to have little chance of progressing from the group when Clermont cruised into a nine-point interval lead.
But Leicester rapidly wiped out that deficit before Toby Flood's 62nd and 72nd-minute penalties secured the points and kept Tigers on course for an 11th quarter-final appearance in 15 seasons of Heineken Cup rugby.
Cockerill added: "We were composed at half-time, and I didn't think we were overly poor in the first half, but we did give away too many turnovers and we also conceded a cheap try.
"That meant we were up against it because Clermont are a very good side, but we regrouped and turned things around.
"Reaching the quarter-finals is the priority. Who you might meet, and where, comes later."