Cockerill warns Leicester against revenge
April 14, 2012
Richard Cockerill is calling for a controlled approach © Getty Images
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill insists his players must not seek retribution over Rob Hawkins' broken elbow when they face Northampton at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.
Hawkins suffered the injury during the LV Cup final last month, with Northampton and England flanker Calum Clark receiving a 32-week ban over the incident. Cockerill, though, insists Leicester must maintain their focus when the action heats up.
"I don't think revenge or retaliation for Rob's injury is on their minds," Cockerill told the Telegraph newspaper. "I don't think any of our or their players thought that what happened was acceptable. It wasn't part of the game.
"I don't want a flashpoint in the game but at the same time I don't want us to take a backseat and be intimidated.
"There will be a flashpoint at some stage because that's the way the game is, any game. What I don't want is people running in, I don't want people punching, I don't want people doing whatever will draw attention to themselves that might get them sent off, yellow-carded, penalised or cited."
Meanwhile, Northampton will be without skipper Dylan Hartley through suspension, while England flanker Tom Wood is also unavailable because of injury.
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