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Cockerill respects Ospreys threat

Richard Cockerill
Cockerill is standing in for head coach Heyneke Meyer

Leicester Tigers stand-in coach Richard Cockerill says they will be thinking of nothing but victory in Saturday's Heineken Cup tie away to the Ospreys.

The Tigers are currently four points ahead of the Ospreys in Pool Three.

Cockerill said: "They're too good for us to go there and just try to avoid defeat. A win gets us a home quarter-final, and we're good enough to win.

"You have to give them credit and respect what they've got there, and they have to win the game."

Cockerill added: "In some ways that's dangerous for us because the way they like to play the game is to attack from everywhere - they've got players that can cause damage.

"They're going to have to force it and push the game quite hard because they need to win more than we do in some respects."

Leicester will go through as group winners if they win, draw or claim two bonus points in defeat at Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

The Ospreys will overtake the Tigers if they win and deny them a bonus point, or if they claim a bonus-point win and Leicester only get one bonus point in defeat.

The Tigers are still strong favourites to go through as one of the best runners up even if they fail to take any points from Saturday's game.

Tigers flanker Tom Croft said everyone needs to give 100% on Saturday.

He told BBC Radio Leicester: "Every player needs to step up as it's the biggest game of the season. It's now or never, do or die.

"We've played them a couple of times in massive matches and we know how physical they are."

"The result at the weekend [52-0 win over Treviso] was superb, we fixed a lot of things but Ospreys is another step-up.

"They've got a lot of Wales internationals mixed in with a few [South Sea] Islanders - it will be a tough confrontational match and we'll have to be on our mettle to get the result we need."

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see also
Ospreys v Leicester (Sat)
20 Jan 09 |  Rugby Union
Leicester 52-0 Treviso
17 Jan 09 |  Rugby Union

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