Leicester Tigers captain Ellis Genge has confronted a fan on Twitter following the clubs record-breaking 54-7 defeat against Wasps.
Teenager Alfie Barbeary scored a hat-trick as the black and golds thrashed Tigers, running in eight tries to keep their Premiership play-off bid on track.
Leicester’s problems were compounded by yellow cards for Ben Youngs and Guy Porter, and the Tigers have now suffered three straight defeats.
Genge, who was leading a youthful Tigers for the first time, put his pride aside and did a post-match interview on the official Leicester Tigers account despite the heavy defeat.
One furious fan, Dean Mancini, responded to the video, saying: “How many times are we going to hear it’s unacceptable???”
The 25-year-old, who never runs away from an argument, promptly responded to the comment: “Sorry, you’d rather we settle for that?”
He responded: “No, I’d rather the team I love finally show something on the pitch we can, as supporters and players alike, be proud of.”
The England prop is never afraid to respond to critics, as he did during the 2020 Six Nations after he scored the winning try against Scotland.
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10 things you didn’t know about Ellis Genge
1. Starting out
He started playing rugby aged 12 at Old Redcliffians. At 16 Genge moved to Hartpury College and captained their rugby team to victory in the AASE league.
2. Position change
The now world-class prop began his career in the back-row. He actually looked pretty good..
The 24-year-old Leicester Tigers front row was nicknamed ‘the Baby Rhino’ by a commentator back in 2017 for his explosive performances. It’s fair to say, it’s stuck.