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Tualagi Shines To Give Geordan Murphy Stunning Start As Leicester Boss

Tualagi Shines To Give Geordan Murphy Stunning Start As Leicester Boss
By Maurice Brosnan

Leicester Tigers got off to a dream start under interim head coach Geordan Murphy as they stormed to a 46-33 victory over the Newcastle Falcons.

Murphy, who played for the club 316 times, had served as assistant coach for five years. The former club captain was an eight-time Premiership title winner and took the role after Matt O'Connor left the club just one game into the Gallagher Premiership season.

Two Jonny May tries and one from George Ford got Leicester on their way, while there was a welcome return to form for Manu Tualiagi who stormed through the centre to demonstrate pace and power in abundance.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Murphy said "it's been challenging, it's been enjoyable and I'm lucky I'm at a great club that I love." He added he had asked the players for minor change prior to the game.

It's just changing subtle elements of the way you play, and asking the boys to draw on a little bit of emotion, draw on a bit of confidence and draw on experience to play a bit better.

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