Oct 10, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Welford Road
Leicester Tigers
22-16
Harlequins
Scully (3')
FT
Dickson (70')

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill hails Manu Tuilagi impact

Cockerill hails Tuilagi impact
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Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill admits that the returning Manu Tuilagi played a key role in his side's win over Harlequins.

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has admitted that Manu Tuilagi's return from injury played a big part in his side's win over Harlequins last week.

The England centre started for the Tigers at Welford Road on Friday after spending the previous three games on the sidelines with a groin problem.

With Leicester failing to win during Tuilagi's absence, Cockerill has praised the 23-year-old for his positive influence on the squad.

"You put Manu on the teamsheet and it hurts the opposition and lifts the morale of the team and the confidence of the side," he told BBC Sport. "Manu is world class. He hadn't played for a few weeks and he looked good, looked fit - he came back in good nick."

Leicester start their European Champions Cup campaign this Saturday when they host Ulster.

Ed Slater of Leicester Tigers addresses the media during the 2014/15 European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup Tournament Launch at The Twickenham Stoop on October 8, 2014
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