May 3, 2014 at 3.15pm UK at ​Salford City Stadium
Sale Sharks
22-42
Leicester Tigers
Paterson (63'), Thomas (72'), Leota (74')
FT
Goneva (14'), Flood (37', 53'), Morris (44'), try (58'), Mele (80')

Richard Cockerill eyes Leicester Tigers title triumph

Cockerill eyes Leicester title triumph
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Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill is confident that his side can defend their Aviva Premiership title after reaching the playoffs.

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has backed his side to successfully defend their Aviva Premiership title after they booked their place in the playoffs.

The Tigers made sure of a top-four finish on Saturday with a 42-22 victory over Sale Sharks at the Salford City Stadium.

Despite being pleased with his players reaching the playoffs, Cockerill now wants them to push on and be crowned champions for the fourth time in six years.

"It's nice that we've got to this point but we want to win it," he told BBC Sport. "I know everyone's sitting back and saying we're in a semi-final and that's okay considering the (injury) problems we've had - but that's not what we're about.

"We want to still win this and we still think that we can win it and that we're good enough.

"We are still the champions at this point and we haven't been as good as we could have been at some points this year - but we've given ourselves a fighting chance."

Leicester won last season's championship by beating Northampton Saints 37-17 in the final at Twickenham Stadium.

Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
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