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Youngs hoping for Tigers reaction

Ben Youngs has warned London Irish that Leicester are aiming to restore their battered reputations at Welford Road on Saturday.

The Tigers sent shockwaves through the Aviva Premiership last weekend when they crashed to a league record 45-0 defeat at Bath, failing to score for the first time in a decade in the process.

The ensuing player-led inquest has forged a steely determination to make amends that Youngs sees etched on the faces of his team-mates.

"Everyone's pride has been damaged and we're all feeling very annoyed and want to respond in the right way," the Leicester captain said.

"I don't need to gee the lads up, you can see it in their faces.

"Saturday can't come soon enough to put a few wrongs right and show everyone it was a one-off.

"We can't perform like that again and we won't. There will be a real reaction because we have too many good players who care about their personal pride and the club.

"There was real disappointment in the way we conducted ourselves at the weekend. It's one of my lowest moments.

"We got what we deserved. At this level if you're 10 per cent off you lose. Well, we were probably 40 per cent off.

"We lost out in every department and we only have ourselves to blame. We weren't mad for the battle like they were.

"We assumed things were going to happen for us, we assumed we would get the result and you can't assume anything.

"It wasn't acceptable and it can never happen again. It was a big lesson for a lot of us and now all that's important is how we react."

Injury-ravaged Leicester give a first start of the season to Miles Benjamin following his recovery from a knee problem, while Blaine Scully lines up on the other wing.


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