Heineken Cup: Leicester boss Richard Cockerill reacts to his side's victory over Ospreys

Last Updated: 22/10/12 9:47am

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Richard Cockerill: Said players attitude was outstanding

Richard Cockerill: Said players attitude was outstanding

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Leicester boss Richard Cockerill has hailed his 'outstanding' players after their 39-22 Heineken Cup win over Ospreys.

Following last weekend's defeat in Toulouse the Tigers revived their Heineken Cup campaign with the bonus point win thanks to tries from centre Manu Tuilagi (2), fly-half Toby Flood and scrum-half Ben Youngs.

"The game was frantic at times today, said Cockerill. "We gave away too many kickable penalties against a very good goalkicker, but so did they.

"It was the result we needed. The attitude of the players was outstanding. They wanted to play and work as hard as they could to get the result.

"At 10-0 down we kept our composure really well and played ourselves back into it. Ospreys started very strongly, but we got back into it and the tide started to turn."
Richard Cockerill

"At 10-0 down we kept our composure really well and played ourselves back into it. Ospreys started very strongly, but we got back into it and the tide started to turn."

Fly-half Flood complemented his try with five penalties - including one from well inside his own half - and two conversions.

"We knew if we got the basics right we would be there or thereabouts," he said. "We feel we have the fitness and ability to hurt teams in the last 20 minutes. That is the mentality we've got.

"After being written off - the English clubs generally - Quins have had a fantastic start to the Heineken Cup, so have Saracens, and that win today was massive for us.

"The pool is very much open and there is still a good chance we can hit the last two games in January in a positive manner knowing very much what we need to do."

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