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Eight-try show thrills Cockerill

Coach Richard Cockerill was beaming after champions Leicester Tigers got their Aviva Premiership campaign back on the right track with a thumping 48-6 victory over Leeds Carnegie at Welford Road.

The Tigers ran in eight tries and hammered a Leeds pack, drilled by former Tigers legend Neil Back, into submission.

Cockerill said: "I thought the whole performance was based on a really good set-piece. Our scrum and our line-out was outstanding."

Alesana Tuilagi scored two tries, his brother Manu got one, and others came from Tom Croft, Scott Hamilton, Thomas Waldrom, Matt Smith and George Skivington.

Cockerill continued: "The scrum was a really good foundation while our ball control was better. There were eight tries in the end. You take a bonus point win and move on.

"We have had a lot of criticism chucked our way and we have just tried to keep our own counsel. Our injury rate is not great but we have a good squad and a good spirit which you saw."

Back was obviously disappointed but admitted that Leeds caught Leicester on the backlash.

"We were second best. Leicester were sharper and we are very disappointed," said the former England flanker. "We didn't take our opportunities when they presented themselves."

Wing Lee Blackett insisted he had scored a try when Leeds were just 12-6 down, but referee Chris White, after consulting with his touch-judge, gave a scrum to Carnegie instead.

Back added: "It wasn't a try because it wasn't given. If we had a video referee, it would have been given but that was not the reason we lost. We made too many errors and missed too many one-on-one tackles and you can't do that in the Premiership."


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