Tigers have their tails up

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:09
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Leicester lock Louis Deacon and director of rugby Richard Cockerill reckon last week's win at Gloucester will give them momentum heading into their clash with Montpellier.

Leicester lock Louis Deacon and director of rugby Richard Cockerill reckon last week's win at Gloucester will give them momentum heading into their clash with Montpellier.

Cockerill's team were 22-17 victors at Kingsholm in a tense Premiership affair, with a Dan Bowden try and an impressive kicking display from captain Toby Flood seeing them home in the West Country.

Success on the road came after a hard-fought win over London Irish at Welford Road a week earlier and back-to-back Anglo-Welsh Cup wins over the Ospreys and Worcester Warriors and Deacon says the former European Champions will return to continental competition on a high as a result.

"Montpellier is going to be massive so it's good to go into these games in some form," said Deacon, who was a losing European Cup finalist with Leicester in 2007 and 2009.

"We needed that win. There is a good buzz around the changing room. I thought we played a bit more this week than we have for quite a while. I got my hands on the ball, and got my first offload in about 10 years!

"We had let ourselves down a bit in terms of defending and really getting stuck in so that was the focus, trying to put that right. We've challenged each other in training, which is having a good effect and showing in the team. And there are guys coming in, having a run of games and stepping up, which is great," he added.

Leicester have been forced to throw a number of players into the mix given the injury crisis that has hit the club in recent weeks but, like Deacon, Cockerill has been pleased with the way his squad have coped in trying circumstances.

And while the likes of Manu Tuilagi, Geoff Parling and Anthony Allen are still someway from a return to action, the fact that Niki Goneva (calf), Ed Slater (wrist) and Steve Mafi (compassionate leave) could be back for Saturday's home tie with Montpellier is a big boost for the 2001 and 2002 continental kings.

"It was a very important win for us and we have now won the last four games we have played. We will go into Europe this week on the back of a good run and we are likely to have two or three more players back in the mix, which will give us some options," said Cockerill.

"With the injuries we have got, I thought we have dealt with those problems well in the last few weeks. We have not worried about who has been missing, we have just played as hard as we can and picked up some good results.

"If you take 15 players out of any squad, it will affect how you play. We have dealt well with that and the boys knew how important a win at Kingsholm was because it puts us back up into that play-off picture heading into the break for Europe."
 

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
EUROPEAN CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3