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'Gutsy' Tigers earn bonus-point win

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Richard Cockerill says "it took some guts" for Leicester Tigers to come from 15 points down to secure a bonus-point win at Sale Sharks on Saturday.

“We got ourselves into a hole with some really poor defending but, credit to the players, they worked out a way to win the game and we scored four tries,” said Tigers director of rugby Cockerill.
“We made a poor start in each half so credit to the players for the getting there in the end. Sale played exceptionally well and could have got away from us when we were down 15 points. It showed some guts to get back into the game.”
After conceding an early try, Seremaia Bai claimed his first score for Tigers and Mathew Tait dotted down against his former club, but Sharks fought back to lead 25-15 at half-time.
The home side stretched that advantage to 15 points after 45 minutes, but Tigers were not to be denied as Miles Benjamin scored on the left and then Julian Salvi forced his way over for the winning score with two minutes left on the clock.
“The win was vital for us,” said Cockerill as Tigers moved into fifth place in the Aviva Premiership table, two points off the top four.
“At half-time I knew we would have the ability to get back into the game but then I wasn’t expecting us to concede so easily in the second half as well.
“At 30-15 we need to score next, and thankfully we did that.
“The ability to come here against a good side and get back from 15 points down to win is huge for us.
“We are back in the mix as part of that clutch of teams pushing for the top four.”
Anthony Allen and Graham Kitchener were both late withdrawals ahead of Saturday’s game but Cockerill reported that neither is suffering serious injury and should be available for Sunday’s return to Aviva Premiership action as Tigers host Bath.

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