Cockerill's quandary

Leicester have begun the season in impressive form

Last Updated: 14/09/12 9:29am

Richard Cockerill's Leicester have begun the season with successive wins

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill admitted to the Rugby Club that he is at a loss to explain the Tigers' failure to win the Premiership title in the past two years.

"But I don't know, it may be that when you get to so many finals that real desire to die for it, to win it, isn't there. But I don't think that is the case either. I don't know the answer. May be I should, I am the boss. But that is sport."

Richard Cockerill

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The Tigers have been the epitome of consistency in reaching the last eight Premiership finals but they have only won three of them and in the last two seasons they have lost at the final hurdle to Saracens in 2011 and Harlequins last season.

Cockerill said luck, injuries and motivation may have all had an impact, but he can't fully explain why they fell short.

"Are we the most consistent because we have the strongest squad but maybe at the very top end we don't have the strength? I don't know if that is the case," he told Rugby Club.

"If you look at our team that started the final, it was a very good team. We have been a bit unlucky with injuries.

"But I don't know, it may be that when you get to so many finals that real desire to die for it, to win it, isn't there. But I don't think that is the case either. I don't know the answer. Maybe I should, I am the boss, but that is sport."

Leicester have begun this season at quite a pace with two bonus-point wins from their opening two Aviva Premiership games, suggesting that they will again be right up there contesting for a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

Combustible

At the heart of their form this season, and indeed their surge up the table following a slow start last season, has been their attacking edge, which is masterminded by coach Matt O'Connor.

The pragmatic Cockerill and attack-minded Aussie O'Connor may form an ideal coaching combination for the majority of the time but Cockerill admits it can be a combustible relationship at times.

"We argue constantly in the office about everything and there is lots of effing and blinding and we agree to disagree sometimes and get to a compromise and walk out onto the field and do it," he said.

"I think there is a balance but I probably talk to and manage the players a bit more because that is my job.

"He is the coach and I am there to manage them and talk them through selection. I am not as bad as the badder cop."