The mood down at Welford Road has quickly soured after Leicester’s poor start to the Gallagher Premiership resulted in a heavy 36-11 defeat at the hands of the recently promoted London Irish.
After surviving a relegation battle last year, the Tigers have won one from their opening four games, sitting last on the Premiership ladder with the worst points differential in the league.
Leicester fans described the away loss to the Exiles as a ‘pathetic performance’, ‘atrocious’ and ’embarrassing’. Many fans called for the resignation of ex-player Geordan Murphy, who took over the side after the sacking of Matt O’Connor early last season, and questioned the performance of chief executive Simon Cohen who is ‘killing the biggest club on the planet’.
— del477 (@del477) November 10, 2019
Remember when Tigers weren't absolutely dire? Embarrassing. #LIRvLEI
— Gareth Stevenson (@Garfieldthechef) November 10, 2019
Worst Leicester Tigers team I've ever seen #LIRvLEI
— Steve Jones (@sir_swish2262) November 10, 2019
Now I know how Arsenal feel. This kind of showing is atrocious. Murphy has got to go. #LIRvLEI
— Georgia Anne ? (@GeorgiaRiches13) November 10, 2019
— Tom (@tom4725) November 10, 2019
— Dan Wright (@DanielWright39) November 10, 2019
Disappointing? Ffs, this is disastrous . How in God's name can Cohen remain in control of this fuckfest? He is killing the biggest rugby club on the planet. Wake up.
— Mark Fletcher (@MarkFletch117) November 10, 2019
We've lost to Worcester and now London Irish. Both teams tipped for relegation. Can management not see where this is leading unless they act?
— whatABanker (@whatAbanker) November 10, 2019
It’s been the same for seasons now, same tired excuses, please give us performance’s, we’re not looking for awesome just improvement we can see.
— Nigel Pratt (@popthetiger) November 10, 2019
It’s sad to say our response has been the same all last season and is becoming a norm this season. How many more times are we going to hear it wasn’t good enough. Easy for me to say but do the players know what it means to play for tigers, or do they think that’s what they are
— Phil Taylor (@641philtaylor) November 10, 2019
The Tigers are headed for another relegation battle and look squarely in the firing line based on the first month of the competition. The outcome of the salary cap punishment for Saracens will be closely followed by Tigers’ fans, which will no doubt play a part in deciding their future this season.
Leicester were always going to be up for a tough away match with the recently re-stocked London Irish outfit signing a host of internationals such as former All Black Waisake Naholo who scored in his debut for the club. Former Wallabies Curtis Rona and Nic Phipps along with South African Ruan Botha brought some much-needed firepower to the Exiles roster.
Tigers’ fans can’t welcome back the England internationals soon enough to turn the season around.
Jim Hamilton discusses the Saracens salary cap drama:
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