Tigers scratch seven-year itch

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:45
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Richard Cockerill praised the spirit of the Leicester Tigers who notched their first win in France for seven years on Sunday.

Richard Cockerill praised the spirit of the Leicester Tigers who notched their first win in France for seven years on Sunday.

Tigers, without a win in European Cup action across the Channel since beating Bourgoin away in December 2006, scored a 15-14 victory in Montpellier thanks to a last-minute converted try.

The victory keeps Tigers in second place in Pool Five, three points behind Ulster with two fixtures remaining.

"I'm delighted for the players," said director of rugby Cockerill.

"We have not won in France for seven years and this group of players made a little bit of history for themselves.

"Any win in France is a big win. The result gives us everything to play for and also puts a spring in the squad's step when they come back in for training and that is important.

"Tom Youngs was unbelievable, Jamie Gibson in the last four or five weeks has been outstanding, Graham Kitchener has again stepped up, and the whole squad did a great job."

The first half finished without a point on the board before Youngs provided the breakthrough score.

Montpellier quickly responded with two tries of their own to lead 14-5 before Ryan Lamb landed a 40-metre penalty and then converted the last-gasp score from Vereniki Goneva to give Tigers the points.

"We had opportunities to score in the first half," said Cockerill. "Miles Benjamin was a whisker away, Ben Youngs and Jamie Gibson were almost in.

"I thought we did enough to win the game but we gave them two opportunities to score and they showed how dangerous they can be there.

"At 14-5 down you're clambering for a bonus point and the game can start to get away. But the big scrum for that penalty and then the grandstand finish puts us right back in it.

"What Leicester do well is just keep playing. Even with Toby Flood and Dan Bowden off the field they kept playing, kept recycling the ball and in the 79th minute you've got prop Marcos Ayerza providing a bit of quality play and Niki Goneva sharp enough to run in to score and set up an angle for the conversion.

"Now we've got a massive game in Treviso before we bring Ulster to Welford Road."

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Fri, 27 November 2015
Leinster v Ulster 19h35 RDS Arena
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Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins 15h00 Sandy Park
Ospreys v Cardiff Blues 15h00 Liberty Stadium
Saracens v Worcester Warriors 15h15 Twickenham
Munster v Connacht 17h15 Thomond Park
London Irish v Wasps 17h30 Twickenham
Sun, 29 November 2015
Scarlets v Zebre 14h30 Parc y Scarlets
Leicester Tigers v Bath 15h00 Welford Road
Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 2 2 0 0 9
Toulouse 2 1 0 1 4
Oyonnax 1 0 0 1 1
Ulster 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Ospreys 2 1 0 1 6
Clermont Auvergne 1 1 0 0 5
Exeter Chiefs 2 1 0 1 5
Bordeaux 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Northampton Saints 2 2 0 0 8
Racing Metro 1 1 0 0 5
Scarlets 2 0 0 2 1
Glasgow Warriors 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Leicester Tigers 2 2 0 0 10
Munster 1 1 0 0 5
Stade Francais 1 0 0 1 0
Treviso 2 0 0 2 0
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Wasps 2 2 0 0 9
Bath 1 1 0 0 4
Leinster 2 0 0 2 1
Toulon 1 0 0 1 0