Richard Cockerill hails spirited Leicester Tigers after last-gasp win at Worcester
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill hailed his side's spirit after a last-minute win against Worcester at Sixways.
Tigers looked a beaten side at 14-0 after just 22 minutes of last night's game.
But they stole a memorable 19-14 win to go top of the Aviva Premiership table with a second penalty try with the final action of the game.
Cockerill praised his team's belief to bag a third consecutive win during the festive period.
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"For the guys to hang in there and keep going and believe in themselves right up to the final play was commendable," he said.
"We were completely outplayed for the opening 38 minutes and, if we had lost that game, I would have had no complaints.
"But we kept our heads at half-time and said that if we kept playing at them, we would create opportunities.
"Bringing two more quality props on after 50 minutes obviously helps and we stayed straight in the scrum, pushed hard and got our reward in the end.
"We are a side that plays until the final seconds and we showed good character."
The win took Leicester to the top of the Premiership table going into the weekend's games.
Cockerill had taken a gamble by making 12 changes going into the contest and that looked like it might have backfired after a dreadful start.
But Tigers showed real character to bounce back and snatch it at the death with a second penalty try after Scott Hamilton's 37th minute touchdown had got them on the board.
Worcester director of rugby Richard Hill said he had no complaints with the match-winning penalty try.
"I have no issues with that. We were going backwards," he said. "They went the length of the field and it was always going to be a tight game.
"Leicester have an extremely powerful scrum but the key moment was Andy Goode's sin-binning.
"For them to score a try and us lose our fly-half to the sin-bin was a huge blow."