Ellis Geng has apologized to his Leicester teammate and head coach Steve Borthwick after he was deemed sin-binding during the Tigers’ Gallagher Premiership defeat against the Wasps.
The Leicester captain received a yellow card after an incident when he pushed his hand into François Hoggard’s face and Wesps was seen pulling the player’s hair.
The Tigers’ 16-13 loss on Sunday was their first reversal this season, ending a run of 11 consecutive Premiership wins.
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Meanwhile, Leicester flanker Tommy Reiffel received a yellow card for an off-the-ball tackle in the first half.
“It potentially cost us the game,” said England’s Prop Genge, who was short of 14 men for the time, making his 100th Leicester appearance.
“I think I had an isolated incident in which I lost my head for a second to the back of someone who had done something to me. Tommy was the one working to get back to a try-saving tackle.” There was a big difference between the two.
“I apologize to the boys for disappointing them, I apologize to Steve.
I don’t have a bad discipline record. I’ve never been red-carded in a professional gameLeicester captain Ellis Gaye
“It’s something I can’t promise I won’t do again, but it’s one of them, you lose your head in the heat of the moment.
“I don’t have a bad discipline record. I’ve never been red-carded in professional sports. I think I’ve got about four yellows in my professional career, so I think this answers all your questions.” will get.
“For some reason I’ve got the strange impression that I have poor discipline, I get bullied about it online. It goes in one ear and out the other. I feel like I probably let myself down.” Is.
“I’m usually the one receiving feedback, as opposed to giving feedback. It’s a lesson to be learned for me, being on the other side of the coin where I’ve lost my head in a second.
“I have seen a lot of people say that I tried to kill him (Haugard), which is absolutely ridiculous. I would have never even dreamed of doing something like this. This is absurd.
“I lost my head, I pushed him in the face a little bit, I’ll learn from it. I said sorry to the boys, I said sorry to Steve and we moved on.”
Borthwick appointed Geng as captain this season and he has been instrumental in helping Leicester reach the half-stage of the league campaign with an eight-point lead in the Premiership Summit.
The Tigers also won their first two Heineken Champions Cup matches last month and they look well placed to make the knockout stage of the tournament.
Borthwick said: “He (Genge) is fantastic to be able to connect people – whether you’re an 18-year-old from the academy to someone with 100-plus caps, he can tie everyone together.
“If you have someone who works hard, is great with people and is playing really well, that’s an incredibly powerful leader.
“From my point of view, when I’ve worked with Alice, she’s been fantastic.
“He thinks calmly and is able to give clear instructions. He has become a top-class international player.”