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Cockerill: We have to show we're better than that

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Richard Cockerill says Leicester Tigers have to be "better across the board" after suffering a first defeat of the season on Saturday.

Tigers were denied even a losing bonus point in a 34-22 defeat by a Wasps side who took maximum points after scoring a fourth try in the last minute of the Aviva Premiership Round 2 game at Welford Road.
“We’re disappointed because we let ourselves down,” said director of rugby Cockerill. “It was very disappointing. We coughed up soft points and the performance was not good enough. We have to stamp that out, we need those things to click.
“We are doing some good things but we have to increase the good parts and eradicate the errors because that is hurting us. We have to be better across the board.”
Tigers trailed 27-8 shortly after half-time but an Ed Slater try and three Freddie Burns penalties cut the gap to just five points entering the final 15 minutes. Two yellow cards in the final five minutes, though, proved costly as Wasps claimed their bonus-point try with a drive over the line against outnumbered opposition in the final minute.
“There are some good points of our game,” said Cockerill. “When we are good we are very good, but when we are bad we are very bad. It didn’t hurt us in the end [at Gloucester] last week, but you can’t always rely on that grandstand finish.
“Credit to the players for getting back into the game but we know that level of performance, especially at home, is not acceptable.
“Wasps are a good side, they played well, they took their opportunities well and deserved their win, I have no complaints with that. We’re disappointed with our performance and we have to get back into training and get ready for Newcastle next week.
“We need to prove we are better side than we put out there. We have to stamp that out, we need those things to click.”
Mike Fitzgerald, Mike Williams and Owen Williams came through their first match action on the return from injury and will be back in training with the rest of the squad this week as Tigers prepare for Sunday’s Round 3 trip to Newcastle Falcons.