Leicester Tigers in great shape for glory push, says Geoff Parling
Lock forward Geoff Parling says Leicester Tigers will continue to "quietly go about their business" as they chase glory on three fronts in the new year.
The 29-year-old was at the heart of a 17-12 win over Gloucester that took Tigers up to third place in the Aviva Premiership table, just two points behind leaders Harlequins.
Tigers are also second in their Heineken Cup pool with just the Ospreys and Toulouse to play, and are still in the mix for a semi-final berth in the LV= Cup.
Tigers are still yet to hit top gear and Parling says their impressive progress in the first half of the season may have gone slightly unnoticed.
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"We are in a good position," he said.
"We just go about our business quietly and get on with it. We have two massive European games coming up and I guess that's make or break in terms of that part of the season.
"Before then, we have Worcester on Friday and going there is never easy.
"If we win our next three games, we will be in a very good position going into the latter part of the season. That's the challenge for us."
Parling praised his team mates for their tense win at Welford Road last Saturday which put some distance between them in third place and Gloucester in fourth.
"The conditions weren't exactly conducive to open and flashy rugby and it was a gritty win," he said.
"We went in at half-time 6-3 down and it felt like we should have gone in ahead, by a couple of scores maybe.
"We weren't getting the rub of the green at certain times but we didn't panic and kept plugging away.
"We defended really well. When they made that break to get into our 22 at the end, we stuck in there and didn't panic.
"They got that scrum decision right at the very end, which the guys in the scrum were a bit miffed at, but we stuck to our defensive shapes and held them out."
Parling ends a tremendous year from a personal point of view out of contract at Leicester, but he refused to discuss his future at the club after Saturday's game.
"As far as I'm concerned it's a private matter," he said.
"It's something that should be done in-house and not something that should be played out in the papers."