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Cockerill looking forward to challenge

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Another tough test awaits Leicester Tigers at Saracens on Sunday, but coach Richard Cockerill says the players have been working hard to move on from a first defeat of the season last weekend.

Tigers opened with three wins before a 30-17 defeat at home to Gloucester, and acting head coach Cockerill said: “It was tough to take, especially at home, but we did not deserve to win and as soon as you realise that you can move on and improve.

“We need to deal with the disappointment of losing and then get on with the job in hand against Saracens.”

Cockerill has been encouraged by virtually a clean bill of health in his senior squad after having to deal with a number of injury problems last week and said: “Saracens are a good team, they are very well coached, they have a lot of experienced players and not a huge amount of guys missing. It is going to tough, but we will enjoy the challenge of it.

“We started relatively well against Gloucester but then we lost the interception try and the penalty try, and suddenly you are under the cosh and we could not quite recover from it.

“We did not play well enough as a whole, though there are positives to take out of it. The guys stuck to their task and we scored those two tries during the second half.

“We are sixth in the table but we have lost one in four. The table does not concern me at the moment, it is more about getting the results.”