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- Aviva Premiership
- 21st Mar 2009
- KO 14:45
- Ground: Welford Road
- Att: 16,328
Rookies earn rave reviews
Cockerill lauds young Tigers Pienaar, Hemingway and Green
It's a vindication of the young lads we have here that against a good side Ben Pienaar, Dan Hemingway and Calum Green weren't fazed by it.
Quotes of the week
Leicester's youngsters were singled out for special praise by acting head coach Richard Cockerill after the 46-16 rout of Saracens on Saturday.
The Tigers were without 16 players at Welford Road because of injuries and international commitments and lost scrum-half Julien Dupuy and flanker Ben Herring to first-half injuries.
But rookies Ben Pienaar, Dan Hemingway and debutant Calum Green stepped into the breach with real aplomb.
Cockerill said: "I would have liked us to be a bit more clinical in the first-half. But we built our pressure and took our chances in the end, so all in all I'm very happy.
"We have got some young lads out there - Ben Pienaar, Dan Hemingway and Calum Green - who could have been playing for the academy today.
"I'm very happy with the squad we have got and the effort we put in. It's a good win for us and keeps our momentum going. It just shows that if you believe in the people you are picking, you work hard with them and you don't worry about their inexperience then they will 'front up' and play.
"I'm delighted for them. It's a vindication of the young lads we have here that against a good side Ben Pienaar, Dan Hemingway and Calum Green weren't fazed by it."
The result was Leicester's fifth successive triumph and with the international contingent set to return, ahead of Friday's trip to Newcastle, Cockerill faces a real dilemma with selection.
"The guys that have played here have done well, but we have got to be realistic," added the coach.
"We have to pick what's best. If the Test players come back and they are fresh and on form they will be considered for selection.
"The reason they are international picks is because they are good players, so some of them will come into the side and some will come on to the bench."
Saracens' coaching co-ordinator Richard Graham refused to blame his side's defeat on the absence of 18 players to injury and international calls, meanwhile.
"We were no different to Leicester, who were without 16 or 17 players," Graham said. "At this stage of the season, everyone goes through it.
"We conceded 26 points in the last five minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half.
"We also slipped off too many tackles and turned over set-piece possession. When that happens you are not going to win games."
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|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
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|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
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|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
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|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
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|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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