Leicester Tigers 17 - 12 Gloucester

Match info: Premiership at Welford Road

Date: 29/12/2012 KO: 17:00 Att: 24,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Leicester

TriesAllen (46)PenaltiesFord (4, 60, 70) Murphy (53)

17
vs
12

Gloucester

PenaltiesBurns (6, 26, 44, 68)

FT (ht: 3-6)

  • Last Updated: December 29 2012, 20:47 GMT

Post-match reaction to Leicester Tigers' 17-12 victory over Gloucester.

Gloucester's Mike Tindall is tackled
Gloucester's Mike Tindall is tackled

Leicester's director of rugby Richard Cockerill criticised referee Andrew Small and called for officials to be better "educated" after his side beat Gloucester 17-12 to move into second place in the Aviva Premiership.

Cockerill was furious that Small sin-binned only one of Gloucester's forwards, tight head Shaun Knight, for offences at the scrum where Leicester were completely dominant.

He said he would ask Ed Morrison, the RFU's head of elite referee development, to look at a video of the match and insisted that Leicester did not get their just reward for dominating the scrums.

Cockerill, a former Leicester and England hooker, said: "I am lost for words. I have spent 30 years in the middle of scrums. I coach it every day.

"We try to be really professional and then we have to deal with that. It's just not good enough. It has got to end, enough is enough.

"He (Small) needs to look at it and see his faults and try and improve. That's the whole point of coaching, whether you are a referee or a rugby coach.

"Today's points (for the win) are great, you have to win these games. If you get beaten I don't mind, but I want the rugby to decide, not the bloke in the middle making poor decisions.

"They need to educate them and Ed Morrison and Rob Andrew (RFU professional rugby director) need to make sure they do that. And if they don't do it right they don't get game, same as our blokes."

Small showed yellow cards to four players; Leicester's Ben Youngs and George Ford for killing the ball and Gloucester's Will James, also for an offence at the breakdown.

Only Knight was binned for an offence at the scrum where the Gloucester penalty count reached double figures.

Cockerill said: "I'm disappointed. We get two blokes in the bin for breakdown offences and they get penalised 10 times in the scrum, get destroyed for most of the game and get one bloke in the bin.

"Where is the consistency? We have got a massively dominant set piece because we spend money there and coach it and today we did not get the reward we should have.

"Guessing is the word I'd use and it's not good enough. Big games decide championships and European spots. You have to get it right.

"I spoke to Ed Morrison yesterday about scrums and line-outs and yet they (referees) do whatever they want.

"Sides come here and push the boundaries, fair play to them. But they don't get refereed. Referees don't want to be seen to be favouring Leicester at Welford Road.

"We are in the professional era and we do a lot of homework on referees, so we know exactly what is going to happen.

"And then the scrums are refereed so poorly we don't get the reward because he doesn't want to keep penalising them for cheating."

Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies disagreed with Cockerill but admitted his side got beaten at the scrum time and that the result was fair.

He said: "It was a hard-fought game. We led for large parts, which is testimony to how they work hard for each other.

"If we are honest we were second best at the set piece. It was probably a fair result although we could have snuck it at the end."

Leicester's win, thanks to a try from former Gloucester centre Anthony Allen and 12 points from the boots of George Ford and Geordan Murphy, moved them two places to second for at least 24 hours, before Saracens play Northampton.

Gloucester's points all came from fly-half Freddie Burns, who kicked four penalties, and they almost sneaked a win in the dying moments but were twice thwarted on Leicester's line by some ferocious defence by the Tigers.


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