Premiership Rugby 7s: Tigers’ Murphy relishing coach role
Premiership Rugby 7s: Leicester Tigers legend Geordan Murphy says he's getting a buzz out of coaching ahead of the Finals
Hanging up your boots is never easy but Geordan Murphy insists coaching is already helping fill the void ahead of kickstarting the 2013 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals.
With 322 Tigers outings and 72 Ireland caps to his name you could forgive Murphy for finding life after playing difficult having made the decision this summer.
But the 35-year-old is showing no signs of finding the adjustment hard at all after leading a young Leicester side into its first-ever J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals.
This was achieved thanks to victories over Sale Sharks and arch-rivals Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday evening – the Tigers’ first-ever wins in the competition’s history.
Murphy will once again lead his young charges at Bath’s Recreation Ground this Friday, getting the competition off the ground with an opening clash with Worcester Warriors, and the Irishman admits he can’t wait to bark the orders from the sidelines once more.
“I really enjoyed coaching at Franklin’s Gardens and it was my first time doing it and it was a lot of fun,” Murphy said.
“I got a huge buzz out of it. I had butterflies in my stomach before every game, I had my hands on my head a few times – you can do nothing about it on the sidelines.
“But I was really proud of the guys. We might not have been the best drilled or best side but we worked hard and that is all you can ask.
“There were some great sides there and some players who were very well drilled but, all in all, it was great to see our guys come down here and work very hard for each other.
“We wanted to do well. We don’t like losing – it’s one of the traits that flows through every person who puts on a Tigers shirt and that will carry over into Bath now.”
In the Premiership a Leicester versus Worcester clash might only have one conceivable outcome with the Tigers having become English champions for a tenth time last term.
But Warriors captain Richard de Carpentier insists 7s is a completely different ball game – something he is eager to prove at the Rec.
“Once you gain the momentum in 7s it is hard to get it back and we were happy with the attitude of the players chasing back, chasing lost causes and pushing guys out wide,” de Carpentier.
“Those extra two points can make a lot of difference at the end of a game as 7s is a game of fine margins and whenever we can we look to get those marginal games.
“The boys working back shows the ethos of the squad at the moment as well. Working hard for each other and that all adds up.”
For tickets to the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby Series Final at 7pm on Friday, 9 August at The Rec, Bath visit: bathrugby.com/tickets