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Goode thinks Tigers can last the pace

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As Tigers prepare for their third game in a week, fly-half Andy Goode says his side still have enough left "in the tank" for the final run-in to the end of the season.

Goode, who today makes his 100th league appearance for the club, contributed 23 points in the 33-17 Heineken Cup semi-final victory over Llanelli Scarlets to earn Tigers a final at Twickenham on Sunday, May 20. There, they will face today's opponents, London Wasps, with a possible Guinness Premiership semi-final and final also on the cards during the coming month. 

Despite the possible fixture pile-up, Goode insists Tigers can, and want, to deal with the extra workload.

"There is plenty of gas left in the tank," said Goode. "The beauty of what Pat Howard and Craig White have done this year is keep guys fresh.

"There weren't too many guys playing against Bristol on Tuesday who were involved in the Heineken Cup semi-final and that is the beauty of having a big squad. We have got very good players who have helped get us to this stage - it's a whole squad effort. There were guys sat in the stands who have had a big impact on group games and quarter-finals in that competition. Then, as a squad, we've prepared properly for Wasps on Saturday."

Tigers will be looking for another inspired performance from their No.10 this afternoon but Goode himself is quick to spread the praise throughout the whole team for the performance which saw them overcome an in-form Scarlets side last weekend.

"Llanelli Scarlets have a great game across the board," he said. "To win in Toulouse as they did and to win in Ulster as they did proves they are a fantastic side. Everyone was tipping them to win it this year so we were delighted to beat them. We did our homework, worked hard and things paid off for us.

"As a team we stepped up really well. The forwards had a great game, Harry Ellis had a great game again at nine, which made my job a lot easier. Defensively we did very well and around the breakdown Lewis Moody, Shane Jennings and Martin Corry were outstanding."