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Murphy upset by key Leicester loss

23rd March 2019, 13:10 by Chris Rivers

Leicester coach Geordan Murphy says his team's top-four chances are all but over after Friday's loss to Northampton Saints.

The Tigers went into the East Midlands derby at Welford Road 12 points off fourth-placed Gloucester and needing to put together a winning run over their final six matches to make the play-offs.

However, rather than looking up, the 10th-placed Tigers have been left looking over their shoulders at the bottom of the table after the Saints ran out comfortable 29-15 winners against the rivals.

Tom Collins grabbed a first-half double for Northampton, while inspirational scrum-half Cobus Reinach also crossed over.

Leicester's chances weren't helped by yellow cards to Mike Williams and Dan Cole, while the boot of fly-half Dan Biggar kept the scoreboard ticking over after the break, the Wales international amassing 14 points.

Leicester did get late tries from George Ford and Tom Youngs but they were nothing more than a consolation as Northampton recorded their first away win of 2019 and move up to fifth in the Premiership.

Murphy was bitterly disappointed by the result and admits the play-offs is now out of reach after a run of one win in the last five league matches.

"I feel sick, to be honest. It was incredibly disappointing. The top four is going to be very difficult for us now and so is the top six," Murphy told BBC Radio Leicester.

"At half-time there was a mountain to climb. We looked a bit shell-shocked on the back of their breakaway try, we looked rattled and they then scored another try.

"Mike Williams got himself sin-binned and Dan Cole got binned too for playing the ball when he shouldn't have. They were naive penalties, but they both looked yellow cards.

"It makes you question everything you're doing. The guys are working hard but we're making very silly mistakes. It's not because the guys don't care. It's because they care too much."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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