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Cockerill 'proud' of performance
But Leicester boss plays down talk of Cole call-up
The scrum has been the foundation of our recent victories and young Dan Cole has played his part
Quotes of the week
Richard Cockerill said his Leicester side did him "proud" in beating Wasps 34-8 to go top of the Guinness Premiership.
Having trailed 8-3 in the first half following Mark van Gisbergen's second-minute try, the Tigers could have gone even further behind had Danny Cipriani not missed a penalty.
Leicester nevertheless went in front at the break as Johne Murphy's 40th-minute try was converted by Toby Flood.
Cockerill's side then dominated the second half, with two tries from Lote Tuqiri - the ex-Australia wing's first and second for the club - and a penalty try, plus a total of 14 points from Flood's boot, securing victory at Welford Road.
Leicester's scrum was again dominant, with tighthead prop Dan Cole turning in a man-of-the-match display, although Cockerill played down talk of an England Six Nations call up for the 22-year-old.
"I am so proud because we've beaten a very fine team after working so hard all week to get the game on," said Cockerill.
"On average we do 15-20 scrums a week, but I've played in France and we have some Argentine guys here so our scrummaging experience is good.
"The scrum has been the foundation of our recent victories and young Dan Cole has played his part.
"He is a local lad who wants to play for his local club and I don't want him getting bogged down in talk of England.
"Dan is only 22 and has lots to learn. But he is playing well, and it's up to the England coaches.
"Graham Rowntree is a very good coach and you have to leave that up to them."
Tuqiri said he was thrilled to break his try-scoring duck, but was quick to acknowledge the work of the forwards.
"Playing behind a pack like ours is sensational, and it was tremendous to get the tries after being here for seven weeks," he said.
"This is one great club and I'm already having a good time, even with this weather."
Meanwhile, Wasps rugby director Tony Hanks said that Cipriani's penalty miss was a crucial blot on an otherwise creditable display in the number 10 jersey.
"I was pleased with Danny Cipriani's performance at fly-half," said Hanks.
"He is back to good form, and while it was a bit ambitious not taking that penalty in the first half when we led 8-3, that is now the reason we go home empty handed."
Hanks also admitted his side needed to improve in the scrum.
"We didn't take a couple of penalties when we should, then we lost Tim Payne to the bin and that set us back.
"Scrums are hugely important, and you have to be on your mettle there. We'll go away and work very hard on that area.
"We've got a few injuries and a few guys to come back, but we also need to get working on our scrummage in the coming weeks.
"You learn and improve by playing, not just working on the scrum machine."
Hanks added: "Simon Shaw suffered a hyper-expansion of the knee so we took him off as a precaution."
|Friday 13th February|
|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|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|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|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|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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