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'It was a workmanlike win' says Cockerill

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Leicester Tigers retained a place in the top four of the Aviva Premiership table and go into the opening rounds of the European Champions Cup on the back of a bonus-point win over Worcester Warriors.

Scores from Tom Brady, Logovi’i Mulipola, Graham Kitchener and a spectacular solo effort from Telusa Veainu sealed a 34-13 victory on Saturday in front of another 20,000-plus crowd at Welford Road.
“It wasn’t perfect,” said director of rugby Richard Cockerill, “but it is five points, we’re happy to take that and move on.
“Worcester make you work very hard for everything and we had to work hard today. It was a good workmanlike performance and it was what we needed.
“But it’s ‘job done’ and a win but there are lots of things we could do better. After the first stage of the Premiership season we sit in the top four.
“We chose to rest a couple of players so we had a few missing, as Worcester did too. We’re six games in and we are in the top four. There are lots of things to work on but there are some good things in there too.”
Ben Youngs and Dan Cole were rested after returning from England training in midweek, while Mike Williams was withdrawn in the warm-up after taking a knock on the arm he broke during last season. “It was sore and the best thing for him not to play,” said Cockerill.
Mike Fitzgerald stepped up from the bench to start for Tigers, with Luke Hamilton joining the replacements.