Leicester Tigers director of rugby Geordan Murphy admitted the team had crashed to the worst defeat of his Welford Road career after they were swept aside 54-7 by Wasps.

The Tigers leaked eight tries at the Ricoh Arena after falling apart in the second half, paying the price for fielding a starting XV containing only 95 Gallagher Premiership starts.

It continues a miserable run for Leicester, who have now registered just one win in the last seven matches, and former Ireland international player Murphy accepted responsibility for one of the low points of his 23 years at the club as a player, coach and official.

"That's a step backwards for us and isn't good enough," he said.

"I would speculate that every fan who is hugely disappointed and feeling sick is probably nowhere near as sick as myself and the coaching group are.

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"I've been here a very long time and that's the biggest defeat I've been involved in. It's not pretty and I feel like I've been punched in the face quite a few times.

"We have to learn the lessons because we have a four-day turnaround and we must somehow get back on the horse because that wasn't good enough. It's my responsibility. I feel pretty poor.

"It's a bitter pill. We've made some really positive progress in every game we've played but there's an opportunity to learn some big lessons there because we were sub standard in the second half."

Meanwhile, Sale made it four Gallagher Premiership wins in a row for the first time since February 2016 with a 24-17 success over a Saracens side - who face Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals on 19 September - at the AJ Bell Stadium to stay on course for the play-offs.

Steve Diamond's men had the game sewn up by half-time when they led 21-7 and, although the bonus point eluded them, the result was enough to keep them in pole position for a second-place finish.

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