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Aviva Premiership: Richard Cockerill critical of Leicester side despite win over Gloucester
We need to get some rhythm back in our game. If we play as poorly next week we will get beaten.
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Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admitted his side "played poorly" as they scraped a win at home to Aviva Premiership strugglers Gloucester.
The champions looked on course for their first defeat at home to Gloucester since 2007 before a 69th-minute try from full-back Mathew Tait and a second Toby Flood penalty two minutes from time got them out of jail.
That late show earned the Tigers an 11-8 win and kept them in fifth place, level on points with Harlequins, who have won one game more.
But Cockerill accepted the Tigers would lose against better sides if they did not improve quickly.
He said: "We played poorly. We were hanging on for dear life at the end and we need to get better.
"We were glad to get the win, that's the only positive about the game."
Leicester won thanks to the dominance of their scrum, Flood's winning penalty coming after Gloucester had been penalised for collapsing.
"We did well, but you have to take into context who we were playing against," said Cockerill.
"We would expect to get some dominance there against Gloucester. But we were inaccurate across the board. We had opportunities, but we coughed the ball up numerous times with basic errors.
"We need to get some rhythm back in our game. If we play as poorly next week we will get beaten."
Gloucester led 8-3 with just 11 minutes left thanks to a try by winger Charlie Sharples and a Rob Cook penalty.
But in the end they slipped to their 10th defeat of the season, which left them third from bottom on just 23 points.
Davies pinpoints scrum
Director of rugby Nigel Davies said his side would have won had their scrum been solid.
He said: "The scrum was a huge factor today. If we had parity we would have won that game."
Davies was unhappy with referee Dean Richards for giving Leicester a free-kick for a crooked feed by scrum-half Dan Robson near the end. Leicester elected to go for the scrum, which Gloucester collapsed, allowing Flood to kick the winning penalty.
Davies said: "It was wrong. I don't know why he made that call, because it was clearly straight."
However, he praised his players.
He said: "I was very complimentary to the players because of the way they committed to the game. The work in the contact area was exceptional.
"We were under a lot of pressure in the set piece, but we played around that and tried to play a fluid game.
"I thought we were great. What can you say when guys give everything. We have just got to use that as a bench mark."
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|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|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 Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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