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Murphy 'embarrassed' by Bears thrashing

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Murphy 'embarrassed' by Bears thrashing

Leicester Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said he’s ’embarrassed’ by the thrashing his side endured at the hands of the Bristol Bears.

Leicester slumped to a 41-10 defeat at the hands of Bristol on Saturday 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.

Murphy was blunt in his assessment on the club’s website this morning.

“We got it wrong in a lot of areas. We have to watch the tape and we have a lot of issues we need to solve.

“The boys are incredibly disappointed but we have to get better than that.”

“Bristol like to hold the ball and play an expansive game,” Murphy said. “We got into it at 10-7 then had a man sent off and that kills the game.

“Down to 14 men against a side that throw the ball around and the way they stretched it on a fast and hard track, it made it tough. In the end, we ran out of steam and we were exposed at times.

“If teams smell blood in the water they come after us, but we’re making really naïve mistakes.”

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Murphy 'embarrassed' by Bears thrashing