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- 26th May 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Twickenham
- Att: 81,779
Cockerill - Quins deserved it
Tigers boss rues missed opportunity for his side
It is not OK to come to a final and lose. We came here to win. We have lost back-to-back finals - but we have been in them, which is more than most sides.
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Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill admitted his side had paid for a lack of composure during their Aviva Premiership final defeat to Harlequins.
Quins held on for a 30-23 success at Twickenham on Saturday to claim a long-awaited maiden Premiership title.
Leicester trailed 30-13 after 66 minutes but hit back with a converted try from Anthony Allen and a George Ford penalty in quick succession to set up a tense finale.
"We just needed to be a bit more composed," said director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
"We will be better for the experience - but this wasn't a learning experience. We came here to win.
"We didn't and that was disappointing. That is sport. Someone has to lose and it is us, again.
"It is back to back finals. We are the only side that has been here eight times on the trot.
"It is not OK to come to a final and lose. We came here to win. We have lost back-to-back finals - but we have been in them, which is more than most sides.
"They have been top of the league for most of the season and they played well today.
"In the end they probably deserved to win."
Toby Flood dropped off the bench before kick-off with a groin injury but Cockerill believes he will be fit to go on tour with England, having overcome the original ankle problem.
"His ankle has been really good. He had a slightly tight groin. He wasn't comfortable so we decided not to include him," Cockerill said.
"This time next week he should be fit to go. It is somebody else's problem now."
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|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:30||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:30||Bath vs Gloucester|
|15:30||Newcastle vs Harlequins|
|15:30||London Irish vs Wasps|
|15:30||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|Wasps 36 - 29 Exeter|
|Saturday 25th April|
|Northampton 25 - 20 Saracens|
|Gloucester 42 - 40 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 38 - 17 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 25 Harlequins|
|Friday 24th April|
|Bath 43 - 18 London Irish|
|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
|Sunday 29th March|
|London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 6 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|Saracens 42 - 14 Harlequins|
|London Irish 22 - 21 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 25 - 18 Exeter|
|Friday 27th March|
|Northampton 52 - 30 Wasps|
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