No moan over Kyle red from Mur­phy

The Rugby Paper - - Premiership -

KYLE East­mond’s red card drew no com­plaint from Tigers boss Ge­or­dan Mur­phy.

He said: “Barnsey (Wayne Barnes) is one of the best refs and he deemed it head-high – that’s the law.

“It killed us against Bris­tol, who want to throw the ball around. We could prob­a­bly have pulled the boys off then and said, ‘Okay, that’s a five-poin­ter’.”

Tigers skip­per Ge­orge Ford ad­mit­ted his side had been out­played. “Bris­tol were clin­i­cal and we’re go­ing to have to be hard on each other this week. We say it ev­ery week but this is a re­al­ity check and we’re go­ing to have to fix things quick with two big Euro­pean games against Rac­ing com­ing up.”

Con­fi­dence is grow­ing that Bris­tol can be a top six side. Boss Pat Lam said: “In the con­text of our sea­son, it’s a mas­sive re­sult. From three games in this block we’ve taken eight points from Ex­eter, Wasps and Le­ices­ter and we know we were robbed of three points against Ex­eter.”

Of Thacker’s hero­ics, Lam added: “He’s had a dream day against his old club. I knew he was a good player and it’s great to see him en­joy­ing him­self.”

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