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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 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|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 Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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