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Richard Cockerill hails Leicester resilience after narrow win at Bristol

Published 25/11/2016

The points are all that mattered to Richard Cockerill
The points are all that mattered to Richard Cockerill

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill was happy to come through a tough test as his side did just enough to condemn Bristol to a ninth consecutive Aviva Premiership defeat.

A strong second-half performance from the Tigers pack was sufficient to secure a 21-16 win at Ashton Gate with the visitors scoring two tries through Adam Thompstone and Ellis Genge.

Freddie Burns completed the scoring with three penalties and a conversion.

Leicester were far from convincing but Cockerill was still satisfied and said: "After just a five-day turnaround, we got the result that we wanted by coming away with the four points.

"I'm disappointed we didn't kick on after we scored our second try and take control but our defence was good and we've only conceded one try in two games.

"Our resilience was good against a side who played very well and who were unlucky not to get anything from the Bath game last week."

Bristol interim coach Mark Tainton saw his side give a much-improved performance to secure a valuable bonus point thanks to a late penalty from Adrian Jarvis.

Jarvis also converted a try from Rob Hawkins with Billy Searle adding two penalties.

Tainton said: "I'm very proud and delighted at the way we finished the game. We defended superbly for the last 10 minutes in our 22 before moving up field to win a crucial penalty and get a deserved bonus point.

"We didn't collapse when we went two scores down and we kept our structure but a lot of the game was in our control with ill-discipline and errors costing us.

"We've become a lot tighter and we are fighting every corner but it was still disappointing to lose tonight."

Bristol flanker Mitch Eadie also believes his side are on the up, saying: "We are going in the right direction as we have come on leaps and bounds since the start of the season.

"The team have been through a lot in the last few weeks but we have to keep fighting and keep positive as anything can happen and it won't be decided until the last game of the season.

"Discipline and errors let us down in certain areas and if you give Leicester an inch, they take a mile."

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