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Kyle Eastmond's red card 'killed us' says Leicester coach Geordan Murphy

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Leicester have slumped to a 41-10 defeat at the hands of Bristol for six straight losses. The Tigers were forced to play with 14-men for the majority of the match after centre Kyle Eastmond was red-carded for a high shot on Ian Madigan.

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The high tackle occurred in the 25th minute, which Leicester coach Geordan Murphy thought ‘killed us’.

“It is huge in a game like that,” Murphy said.

“We had a particularly poor start to the game. We conceded a try from the very first set-piece strike which is obviously something we didn’t want.

“In saying that we managed to pull it back to 10-7 and at that stage, I thought it was going to be a good game and pretty tight and then that high tackle kills us.

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“Down to 14 men against Bristol who want to throw the ball around, it is always going to be a very long day at the office.”

Bristol then ran away with the match with hooker Harry Thacker grabbing a double and Luke Morahan scoring a notable try by beating English winger Johnny May.

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