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Murphy says Tigers must rally to improve

7th April 2019, 19:06 by Daniel McCarthy

Leicester Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy admits his team are in a rut following their heavy 52-20 defeat against Exeter.

The Tigers battled well in the first half of what was an absorbing encounter but were still trailing 28-20 at the break to the side now top of the table.

However, in the second half they could not keep out Exeter as further tries from the Chiefs saw them run out comfortable winners.

Leicester were also reduced to 14 men for most of the second half after captain Tom Youngs was shown a red card for an incident involving lock Ollie Atkins at the breakdown.

The loss was their 12th of the season and leaves the Tigers 10th in the table and while result went their way elsewhere, Murphy admits his side are on a downward spiral and need to improve quickly.

"We came out in the second half and we were a little loose," Murphy told Premiership Rugby after his charges fell to the league leaders.

"We gave them 10 points in the first few minutes then the red card, it kills the game.

"We're in a tough spot, no doubt. We've lost Ben [Youngs] and hoping that the outcome will be good with Tom. We may have lost Kyle [Eastmond] for a while with a torn hamstring."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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