Toby Flood 'had an exceptional game', says Leicester Tigers team-mate Geoff Parling
Leicester Tigers second-row Geoff Parling knows how crucial the bonus-point win over Ospreys was on Sunday.
Parling and his team-mates put in a mighty effort to beat the Welshmen 39-22 at Welford Road after going 10-0 down early on.
The margin of the win has thrown the group wide open, despite that opening-game defeat in Toulouse and, with back-to-back games against Treviso to come in December, Tigers are firmly in the fray as the battle for quarter-final places begins to simmer.
"It really is game on," said Parling. "We know it won't be easy against Treviso by any stretch of the imagination. Toulouse weren't able to get a bonus point out there on Saturday but, yes, it's game on after our win."
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There is no doubt the bulk of the 22,000 crowd went home happy after seeing Tigers open their European account for the season.
"It was a great game to play in," added Parling. "When we went in level at 10-10 at half-time we felt we should have been 10 points ahead.
"But in the first 10 minutes, we let them score an easy try and get a foothold in the game.
"For the last 30 minutes of the half, we played some really good stuff and put Ospreys under pressure.
"It was great to keep that going in the second half and get the bonus-point win."
He added that there had been no sense of panic when the visitors started so strongly. "At half-time, we knew we were playing well and should have been ahead," said Parling. "But it was a case of keep going at them and keeping our discipline.
"In the end, we were deserved winners. We produced some really good rugby against a really good team."
Parling also heaped praise on fly-half Toby Flood, whose 24-point haul included an interception try in the final 10 minutes which finally gave Tigers the control that they had been straining every sinew for.
Flood was particularly deadly with his long-range kicking, punishing the Ospreys for any indiscretions and slowly turning the game in Leicester's favour.
"Toby had an exceptional game," he said. "When somebody is knocking over those three points for you it makes life a lot easier."
Attention now returns to the Aviva Premiership as Tigers set about concentrating on Saturday's trip to Gloucester.