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50 not out for Moody

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Lewis Moody became the eighth player to rack up 50 appearances in the Heineken Cup for Leicester Tigers in the dramatic 32-32 draw with Ospreys.

Moody said the game, which saw Tigers fight-back from 26-8 down in the first half, ranked among the most exciting that he has played in for Tigers in the competition.

“I have been fortunate over the years to play in a lot of cracking games with Leicester,” he said.

“The comeback we had in the second half, I think with the personnel we lost prior to the game most people would have written us off at 26-8 down.

“It was a really enjoyable game and we showed a lot of grit and determination. I suppose we were a bit disappointed because we could have sneaked it at the end.

“It was up there but it was not a win. If we had won it would be up there with Munster and Leinster away. The two Heineken Cup wins, especially the one in Stade, stay with you and that Munster away game because everything was against us, they had never lost a European Cup game at home and everyone had written us off.”

Moody received his ERC Elite award from Tigers chairman Peter Tom at Welford Road after the final whistle in Sunday’s game.

“I didn’t even realise going into the game,” said Moody, who made his debut in the competition in the 1997/98 season and was a member of the winning squads in 2001 and 2002. “It is another achievement. It feels good to have played that many games in the competition.”