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Frustrated Richard Cockerill to wield the axe at Leicester Tigers

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Frustrated Richard Cockerill has promised to wield the axe in an attempt to get Leicester Tigers back to winning ways against Bath on Saturday.

Cockerill was hugely critical of his side's defeat at Wasps last Sunday, which he described as "simply not good enough".

With a Heineken Cup double-header coming up after Saturday's fixture, Cockerill is keen for his side to be back in the top four during the break from Aviva Premiership action.

"We need to bounce back quickly from last week," said Tigers director of rugby "There was not one player who started at Wasps that probably deserved to wear the shirt this week. There is no point in hiding from that.

"The only positive to take out of the game was the fact that we got a bonus point and we defended well.

"It was a very disappointing performance. It was just not good enough and we were very disappointed watching the game again.

"Some of the guys who played on Sunday will get the chance to put it right. Some will not, because they will not be in the team."

With internationals Marcos Ayerza, Martin Castrogiovanni, Steve Mafi and Vereniki Goneva back from international duty, it is not hard to predict where four of those changes may come.

But with Scott Hamilton and Geordan Murphy also fit again, and the likes of Ed Slater and Micky Young waiting in the wings, Cockerill could see fit to make a raft of changes, with some big-name players potentially in line for the chop.

"Some of those experienced guys should have played better and should have led the side better at Wasps," said Cockerill. "I have had those discussions with those individuals and, hopefully, that will not repeat itself.

"Ayerza and Castrogiovanni are important because they are two world-class players and our set-piece has struggled."

Tigers have enjoyed the upper hand against Bath in recent times, having lost only once to them in their last nine meetings – and that was by a single point in October last year.

Bath have also won only once at Welford Road in the competition in November 2003.

But they arrive on the back of a morale-boosting win over champions Harlequins at The Rec and will have talismanic skipper Francois Lowe back in the mix after finishing his stint with South Africa.

Frustrated Richard Cockerill to wield the axe at Leicester Tigers


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