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- Aviva Premiership
- 8th Sep 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Welford Road
- Att: 19,250
Cockerill: Tigers must improve
We put ourselves under pressure says Leicester boss
We did some really good things and we are creating a huge amount of opportunities but we also turned the ball over too much. We just played ourselves into trouble.
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Leicester boss Richard Cockerill insists his side needs to improve despite kicking off their season with back-to-back bonus-point wins.
Speaking after the Saturday's 34-26 victory over Worcester Warriors at Welford Road, Cockerill said he was happy with his side's start but believes they can do better.
"It's a perfect start if you look at the table," said the Tigers director of rugby. "But it was far from perfect performance-wise. But we will take the points.
"We did some really good things and we are creating a huge amount of opportunities but we also turned the ball over too much. We just played ourselves into trouble.
"It's easily fixed but our mindset needs to be better than that. Every time we recycled the ball properly there were opportunities for us.
"But we were sloppy at times and put ourselves under pressure and that cost us points. We need to be better than that.
"Worcester made us work hard but we should have played better and been more accurate.
"With the dominance we had in the game, the five tries was a poor return and we need to tighten things up."
Cockerill singled out England centre Manu Tuilagi, who scored two of Leicester's five tries, with both coming in the opening 12 minutes.
"Manu has had some criticism but within our structure he plays really well and gets opportunities to run with the ball," he said.
"You saw today his raw power and his ability to make something from nothing. He is still very young but me and (head coach) Matt O'Connor think he will be the best 13 in world rugby in the next 12 months."
Worcester have picked up just one point from their opening two games and played 20 minutes today with just 14 men after losing full-back Chris Pennell and scrum-half Shaun Perry to the sin bin.
The Warriors scored tries through David Lemi and Alex Grove, with former Leicester fly-half Andy Goode kicking 16 points.
Warriors head coach Richard Hill said he was disappointed with the result but stressed he is pleased with the progress Worcester are making.
"It was a huge effort on our part today and I can see something building nicely," he said. "We are bitterly disappointed with the loss.
"The players are already talking about next weekend because the signs are there and things are better than last season.
"We had the worst possible start being 14-3 down after 12 minutes. We had the ball but they scored two great tries.
"You wouldn't expect to lose tries from that distance and it put us on the back foot. We lost Chris Pennell and Shaun Perry to the sin bin but we showed great character in the way we battled back."
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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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