We can beat anyone - Crane
Jordan Crane insists a quarter-final trip to new Heineken Cup favourites Leinster will hold no fears for Leicester.
The Tigers cruised into the last eight on Sunday after completing a nine-try demolition of Italian side Treviso, with Crane scoring a hat-trick. However, Leicester only progressed as runners-up in Pool Five and now face the daunting task of a trip to Dublin for a repeat of the 2009 final.
"The way we have played in the Premiership, we are good enough to go anywhere and beat anyone," said the Leicester number eight.
Leicester scored nine tries - Crane (three), full-back Scott Hamilton (two), wing Alesana Tuilagi, centre Manu Tuilagi, flanker Thomas Waldrom and substitute Steve Mafi touching down - while fly-half Toby Flood booted 17 points.
Treviso replied with tries from Brendan Williams and Tobias Botes, but their poor discipline was underlined by three yellow cards dished out by referee Romain Poite.
Crane added: "That was my first hat-trick for Leicester. I was pleased to get over the line. We got in the ascendancy, and we really turned the screw in the first half, but after the draw at home against Perpignan last month, we thought (the quarter-finals) would turn out that way."
Perpignan's 37-5 success against the Scarlets, complete with a bonus point, consigned Leicester to Pool Five runners-up spot.
Cockerill also paid tribute to Crane's performance, which came less than a fortnight after he missed out on selection in England boss Martin Johnson's senior squad. He also pressed the claims of lock George Skivington as Johnson prepares to announce an injury replacement for stricken Northampton forward Courtney Lawes.
"Jordan is a good player, we know what he can do," Cockerill added.
"His contribution to the team was huge. George came here (from Wasps) to improve parts of his game. He runs the lineout for us, and if England need someone to turn to, he is more than good enough."