No home comforts for Cockerill

March 13, 2014 10:59:30 UK

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill.

Leicester Tigers’ director of rugby Richard Cockerill admits that a home semi-final in the Aviva Premiership play-offs is effectively out of their reach.

The Midlands’ outfit currently reside in fourth position in the league table, 13 points behind Saracens who sit in second place.

Although Leicester are renowned for their late season surges, Cockerill believes that this particular achievement is probably beyond them.

“I would say that it is unlikely, I think that the two sides above us are on very good form as you’ve seen over the last few weeks and I think with six games to go, unless one of them implodes, that’s going to be very hard to do,” he said.

“Never say never, it is sport after all but we’ve just got to concentrate on what we can do and try and get maximum points out of all the games we’ve got left.”

Following four successive victories, Leicester have started to find their form after a difficult campaign, and Cockerill says that the players have been given the freedom to express themselves.

He added: “The boys should be confident, they’re doing some good things and what pleases me most is that they’re just playing what’s in front of them.

“We get our starter plays and we’ve probably been a little too structured sometimes, but the likes of Ben Youngs, Dan Bowden and Niki Goneva are starting to have a crack, and the forwards are taking ownership of the ball and carrying it.

“We’ve worked very hard at trying to win the gain-line and getting some momentum so our ball players can actually play rather than being a little bit too structured, which is my fault.”

Leicester are 4.50 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final, while Northampton Saints can be backed at 2.75 and Saracens are 2.37.

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