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Tigers glad to end Wasps 'voodoo'

Leicester centre Dan Hipkiss
Dan Hipkiss goes over for his side's third try in Cardiff

Leicester forwards coach Richard Cockerill said the 34-24 EDF Energy Cup semi-final win over Wasps was a vital psychological blow for his side.

Wasps have held the upper hand in recent key clashes between the two most successful sides in England, including last year's Heineken Cup final.

"We have got the voodoo off our backs about winning these big one-off games against Wasps," he told BBC Sport.

"We played well and scored some great tries against a very good defence."

Cockerill said Tigers fly-half Andy Goode, who claimed 19 points and a richly deserved man-of-the-match award at the Millennium Stadium, was more than capable of adding to his nine caps if the opportunity arose.

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"Goodey is a very good player. His consistency lets him down at times but when he is on form, he is as good as any guy in the country," he said.

"If England need him to step in and do a job anytime, he can do that."

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Highlights: Leicester 34-24 Wasps

Goode played down his contribution and his personal duel with opposite number Danny Cipriani.

"It was not about me and him: it was Leicester against Wasps and they have beaten us in quite a few play-off games so it was nice to win the game for the club," he said.

"Danny has been playing extremely well and looked dangerous throughout the game.

"We are building up towards the end of the season and we scored a few good tries.

Our scrummaging was good but in the other phases we were second best

Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan

"The guys are working hard but we have to play Wasps again in the Premiership next week so we need to stick at it."

Leicester captain Martin Corry said his team had been rewarded for a patient approach after initially struggling to get their first-half dominance to show on the scoreboard.

"We showed in the first half how much this occasion means to us," he said.

"Wasps always raise their game in these knockout matches and I am just delighted with the application of the lads.

"We had a lot of possession and territory early on but didn't quite get the scores. But we kept at it and eventually they came to us."

Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni
Castrogiovanni enjoyed the try that put the match beyond Wasps

Corry also had a sly dig at Tigers prop Martin Castrogiovanni for the swallow-dive he used when touching down for a try late on.

"He's going to get some stick for that but he doesn't get many for us so we will allow him to celebrate," he said.

Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan said Leicester were worthy winners of a high-quality encounter.

"I have no complaints about the result. It is frustrating to be able to score four tries and not come out the winning side," said McGeechan.

"I think it shows one thing we have been doing well is attacking. We have been scoring a lot of tries.

"I thought our scrummaging was good but in the other phases we were second best. When you give Leicester that amount of ball it becomes a tough ask. They deserved it.

"A play-off place in the Premiership in now our clear goal.

"We have only lost four games since the World Cup but they have been key games. We know where our focus is. We want a play-off place. I don't think we'll be as below par as that again."


see also
Leicester 34-24 Wasps
22 Mar 08 |  Rugby Union
Mauger calls for Leicester focus
20 Mar 08 |  Leicester
Lewsey to extend spell at Wasps
20 Mar 08 |  London Wasps
Ospreys v Saracens
21 Mar 08 |  Rugby Union
EDF Energy Anglo-Welsh Cup 2007/8
01 Dec 07 |  Rugby Union


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