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- Aviva Premiership
- 25th Feb 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Welford Road
- Att: 18,759
Chief praises rampant Tigers
Cockerill delighted after dominant display sees-off Falcons
We dominated the breakdown, our set-piece was really good and the whole performance was very pleasing.
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Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill praised the Tigers after their 42-15 thrashing of Newcastle, whose chief Gary Gold branded it their worst performance of the season.
The Tigers moved up to third in the table after Thomas Waldrom twice crossed, while Horacio Agulla, Julian Salvi, Billy Twelvetrees and Niall Morris all notched tries for the hosts.
Teenage fly-half George Ford stepped up to replace England's Toby Flood, who was on RBS Six Nations duty, and kicked 12 of the Tigers' points, as well as creating plenty of headaches for dad and Falcons defence coach Mike Ford.
Afterwards, a delighted Cockerill said: "George Ford ran the show well at fly-half, Billy Twelvetrees was strong in the centres and it is pleasing that we can play that well with so many back-line players missing.
"It was a very dangerous game for us, but I was delighted with the all-round performance.
"Newcastle kick the ball well and their defence has been very, very good, so to play as slickly as we did was a real boost.
"We dominated the breakdown, our set-piece was really good and the whole performance was very pleasing.
"You have to take the result in context of the ambition of the opposition. Newcastle race to the line and make the breakdown quite hard, and I was delighted with how we coped with that."
Newcastle responded with second-half scores from Jon Golding and Richard Mayhew but never looked likely to pick up a losing bonus point to aid their battle against the drop.
"Full credit must go to Leicester because they are a quality team, and their confidence was buoyant after beating the champions away from home last week," said director of rugby Gold.
"In saying that, this was our worst performance by a country mile and I am very disappointed by what I saw out there.
"When the penalty count is 12-4 against us and we have two yellow cards to none from Leicester it is tough to take. I have the benefit of hindsight in seeing the replays, but I am mystified by some of those calls.
"It is too much of a coincidence that so many of them went towards the home side, but that is not the reason we lost the game.
"The reason we lost is because we were very poor in the first half whereas Leicester were very good, and we were beaten in every facet of the game."
Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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