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Aviva Premiership: Richard Cockerill was relieved to see Leicester beat Worcester 23-22
I'm glad to win as that was the best Worcester have played all season.
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Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill was glad to see his team scrape past Worcester 23-22 on Friday night but acknowledged they should have taken more of the chances that came their way.
The Aviva Premiership champions were given an almighty scare by the bottom-placed Warriors at Sixways, but edged to a narrow victory thanks to two tries from impressive wing Vereniki Goneva and 13 points from the boot of Toby Flood.
Chris Pennell was the star man for Worcester, kicking 17 points with five penalties and a conversion of Josh Drauniniu's second-half try.
Cockerill said: "I'm glad to win as that was the best Worcester have played all season.
"We should have taken more advantage in the first half but they are a good side and kicked their goals to remain in contention.
"It was a tough arm-wrestle and we did well to get through it. We did take two of our opportunities but we had around six in total so should have taken more."
Worcester were unrecognisable from the side that lost 42-3 at home against Exeter last weekend as they produced a spirited performance.
Pennell's only miss was a long-range effort which rebounded back off a post. Had it gone over, Worcester would have probably won and their director of rugby, Dean Ryan, was impressed by Pennell's display.
"Our goal-kicking has been a horror show all season," he said. "Chris is a fantastic player and he's got really strong courage and he is now solving our goal-kicking problem."
Hailing his team's performance, Ryan added: "That's the best illustration of what we are trying to achieve. It was a huge performance and a huge effort, but we need to be able to replicate it - starting with next week.
"We earned respect tonight in all the right ways, but it's still only one point and we are still learning how to be a team."
Worcester had gifted their opponents an early seven-point advantage when Goneva intercepted a stray pass from Paul Warwick.
"That made it very difficult for us, but we didn't let it get to us. And fair play to the forwards - they had got us back in it by half-time," Ryan added.Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|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|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com