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Genge proud of Tigers passion

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Ellis Genge talks pride and passion, travelling support and 'that' rampaging run with the help of Manu Tuilagi, as well as much more in his post-match chat on LTTV.

Ellis Genge says Sunday's performance against Racing 92 in Paris was a step in the right direction for the squad as they look to restore "pride and passion" back in the Tigers shirt.

Speaking in the away changing room at the impressive La Defense Arena post-match, the Leicester forward admitted to being proud of the reaction from the group after the last outing against Bristol a week earlier.

"We've spoken a lot about putting pride and passion back in to the Tigers jersey and I'm proud to be part of the club."

Ellis Genge

The 'baby rhino' also believes it was an effort to build on ahead of the return fixture this weekend at Welford Road in Round 4 of this season's Heineken Champions Cup.

"We needed to get some pride back in the shirt and I'm so proud of the way the boys reacted," said Genge.

"We can build on that as they're coming to our paddock next week."

The rampaging forward did however admit the group had let down defence coach Brett Deacon in conceding too many points after a positive week on the training pitch in preparation but says it will be improved upon at home against the Parisian club.

"The boys dug in ... we worked hard all week, Brett Deacon has been amazing in coaching the defence and we really let him down today."

"We'll right that next week ... we'll do a better job."

Genge and Manu Tuilagi were both shown yellow cards at different times by referee Nigel Owens, however it was the duo's combined effort to move the ball up the pitch almost 50m in a "Punch and Judy" like way, according to Genge, that has had the rugby world talking since Sunday's game.

"It was a bit like Punch and Judy, he wore me like a puppet," he said.

"He literally picked me up and carried me 30m ... I don't go up in the lineouts but apparently I go up in the carries ... he was running with me like a little boy."

The 23 year old is only two games in to his season after a late start to the 2018/19 campaign following off-season surgery on his knee and loving every minute of being back on the pitch with his team mates and performing for the Tigers Family, who he personally thanked for their support in the French capital and in his own unique way also responded to recent criticism of the playing and coaching group.

"It was good to be back out there with the lads ... we've spoken a lot about putting pride and passion back in to the Tigers jersey and I'm proud to be part of the club," said Genge.

"The travelling support has been unbelievable ... we've had a lot of naysayers, people saying "Murphy out" and all this sort of s*** but at the end of the day, we're one club, one team.

"The people who have come all this way to France to watch us put in a performance like that, we're honestly very grateful and I can't thank you enough."

Watch the full interview with Ellis Genge below on LTTV.