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Every point counts - Cockerill

13 December 2010

  • Leicester beaten by Perpignan but retain top spot in pool five
  • Head coach Richard Cockerill says improvements are a must ahead of return fixture next week
Leicester head coach Richard Cockerill

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Leicester head coach Richard Cockerill was reasonably satisfied after his side earned a losing bonus point and retianed top spot in pool five of the Amlin Challenge Cup in Perpignan.

That point is all that seperates them from the hosts ahead of next week's return fixture at Welford Road.

Cockerill said: "We had the belief to come here and win but we made a few errors that cost us and they are a dangerous side.

"The spirit and stubbornness of the players was excellent, especially in that spell where we were under severe pressure at the end of the first half.

"You can't coach that. It is one of the positives we will take from the game.

Tigers take nothing for granted in return fixture

"We had to come away with at least a point. We didn't want to go back home with nothing because this is such a tight group and every point will count for something in the end."

Cockerill admitted Leicester will have to put in some extra work on their set-piece ahead of next week's re-match after the French side dominated the scrum.

He added: "We have a very good home record but we will take nothing for granted next week. Perpignan are a dangerous team and a good side and we will need to step it up again."

Perpignan director of rugby Jacques Brunel said: "We are very pleased with this win.

"We have not had good results recently in the league but Europe is still important to us and we are very happy to beat a team of the reputation of Leicester."

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