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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 5
- 8th Dec 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Welford Road
- Att: 21,404
Heineken Cup Pool 5: Toby Flood praises Leicester wing Miles Benjamin
For me, he's got every attribute you want. He's in incredible shape, he's one of the fastest players I've ever played with and he understands the game really well.
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Leicester captain Toby Flood has backed Miles Benjamin to break into the England squad after the wing capped his recovery from a serious neck injury with two tries in the 41-32 Heineken Cup win over Montpellier.
Benjamin showed the form that led the club to sign him with two tries in two minutes as the Tigers saw off their French visitors 41-32 at Welford Road.
The result means Richard Cockerill's side kept up the pressure on Pool 5 leaders Ulster, who now lead Leicester by two points ahead of their return clash with Montpellier next weekend.
When asked if he thought Benjamin, who has represented England Saxons, has the pedigree to make the step up to the England squad, Flood said: "I think so. He just needs a run of games. It's tight for this Six Nations.
"There is a lot of quality there but a lot of that quality is getting injured. If he keeps putting his hand up I do think he's got a chance to be there and it would be a bit of a whirlwind year if he got picked in that squad and had a go in it.
"For me, he's got every attribute you want. He's in incredible shape, he's one of the fastest players I've ever played with and he understands the game really well.
"A credit to him is that he's going to get better and better in this side as people are going to ask more questions and want to see more of him and he's certainly got the potential to stand up to that."
Leicester director of rugby Cockerill was satisfied with the five points that keep the heat on pool leaders Ulster, but bemoaned a lack of accuracy at times in the high-scoring game.
"We wanted to play today and we took our opportunities to score those first three tries very well and then we had three or four more opportunities to score that we didn't take," Cockerill said.
"There were probably five or six tries left out there from both sides. We need to be more accurate.
"I don't think there will be as much life in the game next week than it was today but we'll see.
"We needed the five points and that was good for us. It keeps the pressure on Ulster but they're in the box seat. We've got to win next week at Montpellier really.
"We finish with Ulster here and we've still got Treviso which is no easy task either so there's a long way to go with some twists and turns. We'll see where we get to."
Cockerill also hailed try-scorer Benjamin, who he hopes will continue to make a similar impact in the side.
"We know he's got pace and he's still getting better every time he plays and another 80 minutes and the confidence of getting over the whitewash is massive," Cockerill said.
"We know he's a fantastic player. That's why we signed him. We've not got the best out of him and hopefully this will be the start of a long run for him."
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|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Friday 17th October|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||Sale vs Munster|
|15:15||Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne|
|19:45||Leicester vs Ulster|
|15:15||Glasgow vs Bath|
|17:15||Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton|
|Sunday 19th October|
|17:15||Leinster vs Wasps|
|15:15||Toulon vs Scarlets|
|13:00||Toulouse vs Montpellier|
|13:00||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|Friday 24th October|
|19:45||Munster vs Saracens|
|Saturday 25th October|
|13:00||Ulster vs Toulon|
|19:45||Scarlets vs Leicester|
|15:15||Bath vs Toulouse|
|17:15||Montpellier vs Glasgow|
|17:15||Northampton vs Ospreys|
|Sunday 26th October|
|13:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Sale|
|15:00||Castres vs Leinster|
|17:15||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|17:15||Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Munster vs Clermont Auvergne|
|TBC||Sale vs Saracens|
|TBC||Castres vs Wasps|
|TBC||Harlequins vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ulster vs Scarlets|
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