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Cockerill praises half-back pair

Richard Cockerill hailed Leicester's England half-backs Toby Flood and Ben Youngs after they guided the Tigers to a record-breaking victory at the Recreation Ground.

Aviva Premiership leaders Leicester's 37-6 win was their biggest away success in 96 years of fixtures between the clubs. Flood and Youngs played pivotal roles in a runaway triumph just a week after featuring for England against Ireland in Dublin, with Flood contributing 22 points and Youngs proving a threat throughout to Bath's defence.

"I thought both of them, Toby and Ben, in terms of their attitude, were outstanding," said Leicester rugby director Cockerill.

"Bath are great on the front foot, but they are not that comfortable when teams run at them, and our job was to make sure we had the ball as often as we could.

"On the face of it, it is a great result for us, but we started pretty poorly and we were lucky not to concede a couple of tries early on."

Flood and his England colleague Tom Croft each scored two tries, while centre Anthony Allen also touched down as Leicester opened up a seven point gap on second-placed Saracens in pursuit of their second Premiership title hat-trick.

Bath, despite dominating most of the first half in terms of territory, could not convert opportunities into points and two Butch James penalties were their only reward from a game where Leicester underlined rich title credentials.

Home coach Steve Meehan said: "We played some good rugby, but Leicester took all their chances and they are certainly going to be difficult to stop.

"It was disappointing to get no points out of the game, and it does make life more difficult, but we cannot rely on other results.

"Our preparation for this game wasn't great, our training wasn't as accurate as it needs to be, but that was not the reason why we didn't finish the opportunities we created. Some of the players said afterwards that it was an embarrassing scoreboard from our point of view, and there is no doubt that we need to improve in most facets of our game."


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