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Leicester Tigers produce five-try thrill for coach Cockerill

Richard Cockerill praised Leicester Tigers for making a perfect start to their European Champions Cup campaign after a bonus-point win in Italy.

Leicester took control of Pool Four with a five-try 36-3 victory over Benetton Treviso.

Telusa Veainu scored twice and Peter Betham and Greg Bateman followed, while Tigers also claimed a first-half penalty try.

The victory rubber-stamped Leicester's place at the top of their pool with maximum points from the opening two games, after beating Stade Francais in the opener.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "You've got to be satisfied with maximum points from two games and also with not conceding a try.

"The attitude in defence not to let them in even when we were well ahead said a lot for the team. The boys responded well after conceding three times against Stade Francais last weekend.

"Two wins out of two is a good start, we've got to be happy with that. To get two bonus points is important too - every point will count."

Treviso managed a solitary penalty through James Ambrosino in suffering a 16th successive defeat at this level.

But the Italians at times made life complicated for former champions Tigers, who led 22-3 at half-time but had to wait until 13 minutes from time to clinch the bonus point, through Veainu's second try.

Cockerill said: "In the first half we controlled it very well and were physically very good. In the second half we were a bit inaccurate, and the wind and rain made it tough when you're trying to play with ball in hand.

"Treviso made it hard for us, they were tackling themselves to a standstill. We had some good set-piece early in the second half and probably should have made more from that. But we kept going and we got the rewards in the end.

"It was great footwork - a bit of individual brilliance - from Telusa Veainu for the fourth try. His individual skills got us that try - that was one of the reasons we included him in the team. And it was good for us that we added another try right at the end."

Treviso head coach Marius Goosen said: "Leicester had players with the quality and ability to beat players and score tries, even in poor weather conditions, and that was the difference between the teams.

"There were times when we matched Leicester but in those conditions you have to turn territory into points and we didn't take our opportunities."


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