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Murphy looks ahead to Bath away trip

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy says it’s vital that the squad “build on” last weekend’s performance against Harlequins when they travel to The Rec to take on Bath this Sunday.

Speaking at the club’s Oval Park training base after returning from a three-day break over Christmas, Murphy admitted that the bonus-point win over Quins at Welford Road made for a more enjoyable festive season but the group were far from the finished article.

“It was important that we got that win,” said Murphy.

“It was nice that we put in that performance to allow us to go away and enjoy Christmas a little bit more with the family."

“We did a lot of good things against Harlequins, but there are plenty of areas of our game we need to improve. We need to keep trying to build on that performance.

“We’re nowhere near the finished article or out of the tunnel yet, you could say, but it’s certainly nice to see a bit of light.”

The win also came at a cost for the Tigers squad, with the head coach confirming injuries to Guy Thompson and Will Spencer in the Round 10 fixture would see the pair ruled out of action for the foreseeable future.

“We have a few knocks from the game on the weekend to deal with,” he said.

“Guy has broken a bone in his hand, which will keep him out for a few weeks, and Will Spencer has a bang on his knee. We’re not entirely sure how that is but it will probably keep him out for a few weeks as well.”

Looking ahead to the weekend’s trip to Bath, Murphy says the away trip to the historic Rec will be a difficult one against a well-balanced host outfit.

“They’re a strong side and have put together a very, very good squad with great individuals,” Murphy said.

“They have a strong, dominant forward pack and elusive backs as well as threats across the board.

“Going to Bath at this time of the year was always going to be very, very difficult.”