Sep 6, 2014 at 3pm UK at ‚ÄčWelford Road
Leicester Tigers
36-17
NewcastleNewcastle Falcons
Goneva (43', 49', 60'), Mele (65')
FT
Mayhew (41'), Saull (70')

Richard Cockerill happy with "fortunate" Leicester Tigers victory

Cockerill happy with
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Leicester Tigers head coach Richard Cockerill concedes that Vereniki Goneva's third try during the win over Newcastle Falcons this afternoon was "a bit fortunate".

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has admitted that Vereniki Goneva's third try during today's 36-17 victory over Newcastle Falcons was "a bit fortunate".

Goneva intercepted the ball on his own line as the Falcons piled the pressure on the hosts at Welford Road, sprinting the length of the field to complete a 17-minute hat-trick and effectively seal the points for his side with 20 minutes to play.

Falcons head coach Dean Richards was unhappy with the officials, claiming that Leicester hooker Tom Youngs was offside, and Cockerill acknowledged that the incident had a major impact on the result.

"Niki's third try was a bit fortunate but he backed himself and got the interception. It was a 14-pointer. It was seven points either way, and fortunately it went ours," Cockerill is quoted as saying by PA.

"I'm happy with the five points, there's lots of work to do but we have some injury issues and it was a potential banana skin.

"I thought we coped well with the cheap try just after half time. We kept our composure, got back into it and scored the tries. In the first half we were just finding our feet."

Leicester's next match sees them take on Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.

Manu Tuilagi of Leicester is tackled by Adam Powell (L) and Josh Furno (R) of Newcastle during the Aviva Premiership match on September 6, 2014
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