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Geordan backs Manu to hit his best form

Geordan Murphy says Manu Tuilagi can get better with every game he plays after scoring his first try of the season in last Saturday's win over Newcastle Falcons.

It was Tuilagi who claimed the bonus-point try in a 49-33 victory at Welford Road, showing power and pace to break from midfield for a fine solo score.

Asked about the international centre after the game, Tigers interim head coach Murphy said: “He’s been training really well and he’s one of those guys that needs to keep playing to get better.

“Manu didn’t get much ball in the game at Exeter in Round 1 but you want to get the ball in the hands of your best players and when he's at the top of his game he is one of the best around.

“It was a peach of a try and he looked good against Falcons. Everyone expects so much from him and we just want him to stay fit and keep playing, and hopefully he’ll just get better and better.”

Murphy praised the role of the senior players in the squad in the approach to the game, but was also impressed by the contribution of some of the younger players who played their part on Saturday, including Tom Hardwick who was used as a first-half replacement for Kyle Eastmond at centre.

“Tom did well with England Under-20s in the summer and it was a nice opportunity for him,” he said. “I thought he did a really good job. I have faith in all the guys here. It’s all about the team.”