Leicester Tigers are 'close to hitting their top form', insists Tom Youngs
Leicester Tigers head to Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday knowing that if they have not quite hit top form, they are close to it.
Hooker Tom Youngs believes Tigers demonstrated that in seeing off the Ospreys 39-22 in Sunday's Heineken Cup tie at Welford Road.
"That sort of game has been coming for a while," he said. "Things that we have been working on haven't quite happened for us but we showed we could do it against the Ospreys.
"It was an awesome win. To get those five points and the way we did it was tremendous.
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"We just told ourselves to keep going and not take our foot off the gas when we started scoring, and we didn't."
Strength in depth was one of the keys to Tigers' success and the players who went on in the second half helped build the pressure against the Welsh side.
"Our bench was outstanding and it was great to have Louis Deacon back out there," added Youngs. "When you hear him speak, you think, 'Right, okay then!'
"The bench injected that pace that we wanted to finish them off.
"Everyone is knackered but everyone is happy after last week's performance (in Toulouse). It releases the pressure.
"We are in a good place. Treviso are not easy any more and you have to work for whatever you get. Ospreys away and Toulouse at home will be close and they are the games you want to play in."
Youngs only made his Heineken Cup debut against Toulouse 10 days ago but he is revelling in the European action and the atmosphere.
"I have loved the last two weeks and it has been another notch up and something that I want to keep experiencing," he said.
"I have taken a couple of steps forward in everything, I think. It's hard when you come off the bench and then begin starting matches. It took a while to get used to that and I am getting used to it now and getting near to where I need to be.
"The atmosphere against Ospreys was awesome, especially when Toby Flood scored his try, and that makes a difference.
"When we get into their 22 and the crowd at Welford Road get to their feet, it lifts you off the ground a bit."