Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
leicestertigers.comMattioli Woods Welford RoadContact UsTopps Tiles
Rugby News

Geordan reacts to defeat in Paris

Geordan Murphy said it was “hugely disappointing” to take no more than one point from a four-try show against Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday.

Jonah Holmes, Sione Kalamafoni, Manu Tuilagi and Adam Thompstone were the tryscorers in the Heineken Champions Cup Round 3 fixture, but it was Racing who took maximum points from a 36-26 outcome in the French capital.

“We conceded a bit too easily in the first half and gave ourselves a mountain to climb, but we asked the boys to stick in and I was really proud of them for that and in the end we were still going,” said Murphy.

“I’m never going to be happy with a loss, but I'm pleased that we did a lot of the things we talked about and when things went against us a little bit we stuck at it and played for each other.”

Murphy used scrum-half Ben White as an example of the commitment from the squad who fought back from 12-0 down early on to get a foothold in the game and had to come through two periods down to 14 men with Tuilagi and Ellis Genge spending time in the sin-bin.

“There’s Ben White, a young 9 who has played 60 minutes there and given everything, we were playing him on the wing in the end and he’s making line-breaks and getting stuck in, and I was really proud of his performance and a lot of boys’ performances,” said Murphy.

“It is a tough place to come and get something. I’m disappointed we didn’t get more but we’ll take the point.”

Murphy confirmed that Matt Smith had suffered a dislocated shoulder which led to the reshuffle in a backline which had already lost Jonah Holmes to a head knock in the first half.