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Cockerill delighted by Cup Final grit

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Richard Cockerill says the attitude of players in the hardest phases of Sunday's LV= Cup Final was the key to victory.

Leicester Tigers came out of the first-ever local derby final against neighbours Northampton Saints with a 26-14 victory to secure the LV= Cup.

“We were under the cosh in the second half but the attitude of the guys was outstanding when it really mattered and the boys’ resilience was as good as I have seen,” said director of rugby Cockerill.

“The attitude to drag us through the hardest phases of the game was fantastic.

"We were under pressure at times at Bath in the semi-final and our attitude dragged us though it, and that was the same again in the final. There was that vital spell with 20 minutes to go and we just had enough about us to keep them out.

“Both sides were well supported, it was noisy and there was a great atmosphere. It was a great contest, a typical derby in many ways.

“It was a fierce game. I’m sure it was a great spectacle and I am delighted with the win.”

Skipper Geordan Murphy allowed prop Julian White to lift the trophy in front of the travelling Tigers supporters.

“Julian has been really good for us,” said Cockerill. “He was excellent at Bath in the semi-final and he has been a great servant of the game. I’m delighted he was part of the squad today.”