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Cockerill unhappy with Twelvetrees

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has criticised the manner of Billy Twelvetrees' forthcoming departure from the club to join Gloucester.

Speaking after his Tigers side defeated Harlequins 19-9 in the LV= Cup, Cockerill said: "Billy's chosen to move on. That's his choice; it's disappointing but that's life. I'd rather deal with people face to face and be up front.

"George Skivington is leaving, he came and spoke to me and explained his reasons why. I shook his hand and said 'thanks very much' and wished him all the best. That's how I prefer to do business. That's okay. Billy's a young man and he'll learn to do things differently as he matures - as I have."

Reflecting on the game, Cockerill added: "It was a bit of an odd game really, both sides trying to play and not a huge amount of structure to any of it.

"I thought [Andy] Forsyth and Dante Mama, who normally plays at Loughborough Students, did really well and [Alex] Lewington's got some pace."

Harlequins head coach John Kingston was far from pleased with his side's performance.

"That was not to the levels that we expect and aspire to," he said. "Yes there's a lot of players out there who are not playing regularly but we're a squad and they will be aspiring to put their hand up. Several of them will be very disappointed because they don't go out there not to perform well.

"Nobody in their right minds is going to expect a team of any sort to carry on with the start we had. We have been winning one losing one in the last few weeks against really very competitive opposition.

"We've got an awful lot ahead of us, though, and an awful lot of positive things to look forward to."

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