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Cup form has impact on whole squad says Murphy

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Disappointed after defeat at the semi-final stage, Geordan Murphy says Leicester Tigers can still take a lot of positives out of the LV= Cup run.A group of young players, led by Sam Harrison, Sebastian de Chaves, Laurence Pearce, Jack Roberts, George Catchpole and LV= Breakthrough Award nominee Tommy Bell have taken their opportunities in the competition, and assistant coach Murphy says they have had an impact throughout the squad.      “We’ve had some younger sides out, they showed great spirit and it managed to kick on in our league performances as well,” Murphy said after the semi-final defeat by Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.   “I think we’ve had some really good finds from it this year. There are plenty of positives.   “With a young side we went to London Irish and got a very good away win. Some of the guys announced themselves in that game. They are pushing hard for spots in the team now.   “We beat Sale, Northampton and then Cardiff away to get into the semi-final and we obviously wanted to go to Northampton for the Final next week.   “If those guys learn from today they can take that into the Premiership. Learning to deal with defeat is a big thing in any sport in terms of development. We’re disappointed now but we’ll look at the performance and see where we could do better and try to use that as a catalyst for the rest of the season in the league.”   After qualifying as top seeds from the pool stages with four wins from four games, Tigers were beaten 30-22 at home by holders Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.   Murphy, an Anglo-Welsh Cup winner as a Tigers player in 2007 and 2012, added: “It is very disappointing. The guys have been working very hard and desperately wanted to get to the Final, but we couldn’t quite get there today.   “It’s all about very fine margins. We were a little bit naïve at times. We made eight line-breaks but scored only one try from that, so we certainly left some points out there. At times we could have turned the screw but we let the pressure off them.   “Exeter are a good side and are having a good season, they’re very combative and they scored two lineout drives which shows strength in depth in the forwards and they’ve got some threats around the park.   “Those five-metre lineouts come from giving away penalties 40 or 50 metres out so discipline has to be very good.   “I think the lads have learned a lot from this competition. It is a good competition for us.”   Tigers face Exeter Chiefs again at Welford Road on Saturday, March 28 (3pm), this time in the Aviva Premiership. Match tickets are available now. Book in person or phone the ticket office on 0116 319 8888 (option 2), or click here to book online. For matchday hospitality queries, phone the sales team on 0116 2171 215.