Win significant for Cockerill
Richard Cockerill admitted his Leicester Tigers scored a significant victory at Reading's Madejski Stadium when their forward power overwhelmed London Irish in the top-of-the-table Aviva Premiership clash.
A try from outstanding flanker Thomas Waldrom and a penalty try at the end, when Irish's scrum collapsed for a third time, took Leicester to a 23-14 victory. And, despite a neat score from wing Topsy Ojo, that last penalty touchdown was enough to deny the Exiles a losing bonus point and also take the Tigers above Irish into second place.
Leicester head coach Cockerill said: "That is a big win away from home for us. It is our first win in the Premiership away from home and it is points against a side who were above us and cements us in the top four."
He added: "We have just tried to work as hard as we can with the players we have got. What we have tried to do consistently over a number of years is the guys who go on the field believe in themselves and I believe in them.
"The forward pack as a whole were really good. (George) Skivington and (Brett) Deacon really gelled well and were really physical against a good line-out."
Young fly-half Billy Twelvetrees continued his excellent form of recent weeks with three penalties and two conversions, plus a physical presence against opposite number Ryan Lamb, as he stood in for England number 10 Toby Flood.
Cockerill said Flood was rested after a bang on the head against South Africa in the last Autumn Test at Twickenham the previous week.
Cockerill added: "Floody was picked to play but his head was not quite right. What I mean by that is that he still had a bit of memory loss about the (England) game so we didn't risk him.
"Billy has done a good enough job to come away from home against a big side and today I thought he did some pretty good things under pressure. At a push, we could have had Floody on the pitch but you have to have confidence in your squad."