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Richard Cockerill Cockerill demands Leicester response

Richard Cockerill
We are top of the league and still champions and that's it and I don't care what anybody says

Tigers head coach Richard Cockerill

Leicester Tigers head coach Richard Cockerill is in no doubt his side will bounce back from last week's dismal defeat at the hands of Northampton.

Tigers were trounced 19-3 and Cockerill promised an appropriate response when they host London Irish on Saturday.

"It was a poor performance and our discipline was poor, Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester. "Everybody is hurting a bit because of the way we lost.

"But we are going to put those things right. We have got to put it right."

But while Cockerill admitted his side were well below par at Franklin's Gardens, he insisted there is no need to get too concerned.

"It's the first time in 30 league games we haven't taken a point out of a game," he added.

"They took their opportunities, they put pressure on us, played the conditions better than us and deserved the win but we move on.

"I take it as a compliment that everyone made such a big deal out of the defeat."

And Cockerill said he would not be making wholesale changes for the game at Welford Road.

"Predominantly it will be the same side because those guys have got to put it right," he said.

"Saturday's about getting back on track. Physically we didn't turn up last weekend and we'd better turn up physically this weekend.

"But I refuse to listen to people who think we are a poor team or that we aren't as good as we used to be and all that rubbish - I don't buy into it.

"We are a good side. People will want to knock us because we are consistently one of the best teams in the country.

"My skin's very thick - we lost but that happens. We are top of the league and still champions and that's it and I don't care what anybody says."

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