Tigers expect Montpellier backlash

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:31
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Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill is expecting the mother of all fightbacks from Montpellier at Stade Yves du Manoir on Sunday after their 42-32 defeat at Welford Road.
 

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill is expecting the mother of all fightbacks from Montpellier at Stade Yves du Manoir on Sunday after their 42-32 defeat at Welford Road.

The Tigers' bonus point win kept them within two points of the unbeaten Pool Five leaders Ulster and Cockerill knows that in order to close the gap his side needs to do what the Irish province did earlier in the tournament and win in France.

"Montpellier will be looking to knock lumps out of us now in their own back yard. But Ulster have won there so we have got to go looking for a win ourselves," said Cockerill.

"We could do with another five points there. That early purple patch we had was as good as we've been for a long time, but then we became inaccurate," he added.

Tigers old boy Jim Hamilton couldn't put his finger on why Montpellier made such a poor start to such a big game, but promised a big reaction in the return fixture.

"Given the way we started the game we didn't deserve to win it, although the way we came back will give us some confidence. We were extremely disappointed not to get the extra bonus point at the end, but credit to Ryan Lamb for that drop goal," said Hamilton.

"We showed a never say die attitude and we seemed to get stronger at a time when some French teams might have died. I can't remember when we last got a poor start like that.

"Next week is a big week for us. Everyone knows what a big tournament the European Cup is and what a great side Leicester Tigers are."
 

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Sat, 10 December 2016
Ulster v Clermont Auvergne 13h00 Kingspan Stadium
Munster v Leicester Tigers 15h15 Thomond Park
Racing Metro v Glasgow Warriors 16h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Saracens v Sale Sharks 17h30 Allianz Park
Zebre v Toulouse 20h45 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Sun, 11 December 2016
Wasps v Connacht 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Montpellier v Castres 14h00 Altrad Stadium
Toulon v Scarlets 16h15 Stade Felix Mayol
Exeter Chiefs v Bordeaux 17h30 Sandy Park
Fri, 16 December 2016
Glasgow Warriors v Racing Metro 19h45 Scotstoun Stadium
EUROPEAN CUP
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 1 1 0 0 5
Glasgow Warriors 2 1 0 1 5
Leicester Tigers 2 1 0 1 4
Racing Metro 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Connacht 2 2 0 0 9
Wasps 2 1 1 0 7
Toulouse 2 0 1 1 3
Zebre 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 2 2 0 0 9
Toulon 2 1 0 1 4
Scarlets 2 1 0 1 4
Sale Sharks 2 0 0 2 0
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 2 0 1 11
Castres 2 1 0 1 5
Montpellier 2 1 0 1 5
Northampton Saints 3 1 0 2 4
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 2 2 0 0 10
Bordeaux 2 1 0 1 5
Ulster 2 1 0 1 4
Exeter Chiefs 2 0 0 2 1