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RugbyU: Champs Leicester make winning start without Cockerill

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Leicester proved they can win without director of rugby Richard Cockerill as the champions kicked off their Premiership title defence with a 32-15 victory over Worcester on Sunday.

Former England hooker Cockerill has been denied match-day involvement with the Tigers for nine games until October 9 after swearing at an official in May's Premiership final win against Northampton.

But, with Cockerill absent from the dug-out at Welford Road, Leicester were still able to open their Premiership campaign with a bonus point victory thanks to Fijian winger Vereniki Goneva's stunning solo try in the final minute.

Leicester's other three tries came from Adam Thompstone, debutant David Mele and Jordan Crane as the hosts fought off a spirited second half fightback by Worcester.

Trailing 18-3 at half-time and then 25-3, Worcester scored tries through Chris Jones and Josh Matavesi to put themselves back in the game before Goneva clinched a win which maintained the Tigers' 100 percent record at home to the Warriors.

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