Leicester Tigers: Richard Cockerill says players are relaxed for final

Richard Cockerill

Aviva Premiership final: Leicester v Northampton

Saturday, 25 May
15:00 BST
Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio Northampton, live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill insists his side will be at ease when they face Northampton in Saturday's Premiership final.

It is the Tigers' ninth successive trip to Twickenham to battle it out for the English crown.

Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester that his side have become immune to the hype: "We are more relaxed than we have been the last couple of years.

"We have approached the game in a very matter-of-fact way."

He added: "You can tell by the way the boys have been training that they have an edge about them, but they are not overawed by it.

"No one is playing the game today, they have just been building nicely to the weekend.

"We know we are ready for this. Everyone has done the preparation work that we need to do, the guys have been playing well and are confident."

Cockerill dismissed the suggestion that their record would work against them when they face a Saints team that is making an historic first step into English rugby's end-of-season showpiece.

The Tigers boss said the rivalry with Northampton and inability to clinch the title at their last two attempts has ensured attentions remain concentrated.

"They are focused on performing and getting that right and not caught up in being champions or holding the trophy," Cockerill said.

"There were patches in those previous two finals when we played well, but we let the games get away from us too early.

"This year we have to make a big start and control them when they have the ball and be disciplined when we have the ball."

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