Cockerill - Quins deserved it
Tigers boss rues missed opportunity for his side
Last Updated: 26/05/12 7:40pm
Richard Cockerill: second straight Premiership final defeat for Leicester boss
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill admitted his side had paid for a lack of composure during their Aviva Premiership final defeat to Harlequins.
Quins held on for a 30-23 success at Twickenham on Saturday to claim a long-awaited maiden Premiership title.
Leicester trailed 30-13 after 66 minutes but hit back with a converted try from Anthony Allen and a George Ford penalty in quick succession to set up a tense finale.
"It is not OK to come to a final and lose. We came here to win. We have lost back-to-back finals - but we have been in them, which is more than most sides."
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"We just needed to be a bit more composed," said director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
"We will be better for the experience - but this wasn't a learning experience. We came here to win.
"We didn't and that was disappointing. That is sport. Someone has to lose and it is us, again.
"It is back to back finals. We are the only side that has been here eight times on the trot.
"It is not OK to come to a final and lose. We came here to win. We have lost back-to-back finals - but we have been in them, which is more than most sides.
"They have been top of the league for most of the season and they played well today.
"In the end they probably deserved to win."
Toby Flood dropped off the bench before kick-off with a groin injury but Cockerill believes he will be fit to go on tour with England, having overcome the original ankle problem.
"His ankle has been really good. He had a slightly tight groin. He wasn't comfortable so we decided not to include him," Cockerill said.
"This time next week he should be fit to go. It is somebody else's problem now."