Tigers blame money cap
Published 18/01/2012 | 05:00
LEICESTER'S humiliation in Ravenhill last week came as something of a surprise, because although it was known the Tigers were not as powerful as in their 2001-02 Heineken Cup-winning days, they are still one of Europe's heavyweight clubs.
Which does not tally with a 41-7 hammering in a game where they barley raised a gallop. Coach Richard Cockerill had a simple explanation -- the £4m (€4.8m) salary cap imposed on English Premiership clubs.
"I don't think you have the financial clout to compete at the very top end, especially if you have injuries," said Cockerill. "You haven't got the money to have the depth of squad. With the English clubs, by and large, you have to be successful in the Premiership and, if you do well in Europe, that's a bonus."