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Cockerill relieved with Tigers win

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill was relieved to see his side eke out a 16-12 win at Newcastle Falcons, despite a disappointing display at Kingston Park.

Tommy Bell's try six minutes from the end - after a lengthy break TMO review - hauled Leicester into a winning position, with fly-half Freddie Burns kicking the conversion to complete his personal tally of 11 points with the boot.

It was harsh on the Falcons, who put themselves in front with first-half tries from Sinoti Sinoti and Scott Lawson but failed to get on the scoreboard after the interval.

"We found a way to win although we played poorly," Cockerill said.

"They scored a good driving line-out try in the first half, then we defended really well but eventually we turned the ball over again and Sinoti scored a great try.

"Newcastle played really well. They have a brand of rugby which suits them on that pitch and fair play to them, we played as well as they let us, but we found a way to win even with the disruption of losing Tom Croft with what looks like a dislocated shoulder.

"That we managed to find a way to win having been on the back foot for large parts of the game is credit to the boys and a lot of credit also goes to Newcastle - they played really well."

Cockerill's counterpart Dean Richards made no attempt to hide his disappointment after his side fell short at the end and drew little comfort from the losing bonus point.

"The boys put their heart and soul in it and they do every weekend there is a buzz about things, but when we have a chance to put our foot on the throats of the opposition we have got to make that happen," he said.

"Little things like in the first half when they had a guy injured and were down to 14 men we should have put it in the corner and gone for the try instead of just playing it and kicking the ball out for half time.

"That's the difference between the way we are playing the game and how we want to play and killing the game off and killing off the opposition.

"It's all about our understanding of the game and game management. We had so much possession, so much territory and enough line breaks to kill them off and we didn't so that's our fault.

"We scored three tries to one last week and two tries to one this week and lost both games and that's the seventh game in 13 this year that we have scored more tries than the opposition - that's a hell of a stat when you score more tries and lose seven games - it's frustrating to say the least."


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