With one win from their opening five matches, Geordan Murphy will hope that his side’s season kickstarts against third-place Exeter.
He has named a strong side to do so, but one area of the team that fans have been discussing is the back row and the balance of the starting trio.
These choices have raised some questions as Green is a recognised lock and while such a transition does work, the 21-year-old Sam Lewis seems to have caught the attention in recent weeks after his showings in the Challenge Cup.
Round and round we go, same old musical chairs. Sam Lewis must be wondering who he has to pay to get a game.
— Ben Bowman (@woolseverywhere) December 20, 2019
and obviously all the terribly out of form usual names get their customary starts regardless of how they play.
— Leicester Tigers USM (@LTUSM) December 20, 2019
Lewis has started Leicester’s last three matches in Europe, one in the second row and two as a number six, and has impressed, but he has failed to make the matchday squad against the Chiefs to some fans’ dismay.
A bit surprised that it's not 6 Kalamafoni, 7 Reffell and 8 Taufua – and thought Lewis might find a place but will be there shouting my head off anyway! Go well guys!
— Simon (@AncientKeeper) December 20, 2019
A lock at 6, a no.8 at 7 and a no.6 at 8 ? anyway, good luck lads.
— Alex (@Alex_Barston) December 20, 2019
Furthermore, some want to see Taufua at No8 and Kalamafoni at blindside, although each player is equally as comfortable in their starting position on Saturday.
But with the questions mounting regarding the selection of the team, the Tigers took to social media with this tongue-in-cheek response:
“So, what happens is… the coaching staff meet with medical staff, assess any players unavailable and rule them out if need be, then they review previous matches, train during the week and – finally – select the side they believe is the best balanced for the weekend. #simples”
So, what happens is…
The coaching staff meet with medical staff, assess any players unavailable and rule them out if need be, then they review previous matches, train during the week and – finally – select the side they believe is the best balanced for the weekend.#simples
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) December 20, 2019
While there will be a certain degree of concern among Leicester fans given the fact that they are only eleventh in the table due to Saracens’ point deduction, this is a timely reminder that the coaching staff have to be trusted in this situation.
This fixture was the opening game of last season, in which a 40-6 loss at Sandy Park saw Matt O’Connor lose his job, and Leicester fans will hope Murphy’s decisions pay off on Saturday at Welford Road.
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