Cockerill's Tigers are a special breed

Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:45
Large richard cockerill looks Large toby flood tigers 630 Large richard cockerill frowns

Richard Cockerill believes his Leicester Tigers side are on their way to creating their own slice of European Cup history.

Richard Cockerill believes his Leicester Tigers side are on their way to creating their own slice of European Cup history at Welford Road after knocking-out four times winners Toulouse to clinch top spot in Pool Two.

The reward for the Tigers and their fans is a trip to Top 14 leaders Toulon in the quarterfinals and a win at Stade Felix Mayol would set-up an away semifinal against the winners of the game between Saracens and Ulster.

"This club has a rich history and there is a lot said about players in other eras. But this team wants to make its own history and this team knocked Toulouse out of the European Cup," Cockerill said.

"We won a really tough pool and the players should be congratulated for that. We should get some credit for that. The effort at the end, those last two minutes with the crowd on their feet, they are magic moments. It was a game when it was almost easier to play without the ball.

"They missed some kicks at goal and, to be fair to Toby Flood, he kicked that one just before half-time to give us a nine-point cushion."

Tigers skipper Louis Deacon was quick to thank the pack house of 26,000 at Welford Road for their support throughout a game that was played with snow still lying on the pitch, as well as falling from the sky.

"It was absolutely freezing out there. We had to dig deep towards the end - fair play to the lads," said Deacon.

"We needed it, we were at home and we don't lose many at home. The crowd was absolutely amazing, they backed us all the way, and we probably wanted it more in the end."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 12 February 2016
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h30 Kingspan Stadium
Leinster v Zebre 19h30 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 19h45 Kingston Park
Scarlets v Edinburgh 20h15 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 13 February 2016
Treviso v Cardiff Blues 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
France v Ireland 14h25 Paris
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Northampton Saints v London Irish 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Worcester Warriors v Bath 15h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Wales v Scotland 16h50 Cardiff
Sun, 14 February 2016
Italy v England 14h00 Rome
Saracens v Wasps 16h00 Allianz Park
Munster v Ospreys 17h00 Irish Independent Park
Mon, 15 February 2016
NMMU-Madibaz v Maties 14h45 Port Elizabeth
UP-Tuks v Shimlas 16h30 Pretoria
CUT-Ixias v UCT-Ikeys 16h30 Bloemfontein
TUT v UWC 16h30 Pretoria
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16h30 Pietermaritzburg
NWU-Pukke v UJ 17h00 Potchefstroom
Thu, 18 February 2016
Fort Hare v Wits 16h30 East London
TUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Pretoria
Fri, 19 February 2016
Zebre v Leinster 22h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
EUROPEAN CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 6 6 0 0 28
Ulster 6 4 0 2 18
Oyonnax 6 1 0 5 7
Toulouse 6 1 0 5 5
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Exeter Chiefs 6 3 0 3 16
Bordeaux 6 3 0 3 16
Ospreys 6 3 0 3 16
Clermont Auvergne 6 3 0 3 15
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Racing Metro 6 4 1 1 22
Northampton Saints 6 4 1 1 19
Glasgow Warriors 6 3 0 3 14
Scarlets 6 0 0 6 2
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Leicester Tigers 6 5 0 1 23
Stade Francais 6 4 0 2 19
Munster 6 3 0 3 15
Treviso 6 0 0 6 0
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Wasps 6 4 0 2 20
Toulon 6 5 0 1 20
Bath 6 2 0 4 10
Leinster 6 1 0 5 6