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Moody delighted to lead Tigers to victory

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Lewis Moody was delighted to lead Leicester Tigers to a win at Leeds Carnegie in his first game as captain on Saturday.

“I have been a member of the side for 12 seasons now and I don’t go out to seek the captaincy, but I was given the opportunity and I really I enjoyed it,” said the 29-year-old England and Lions flanker.

Tigers have struggled on many of their previous visits to Leeds, but tries from Tom Varndell (2) and Tom Youngs gave the team a 29-6 win at Headingley.

“It was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it was important we got the win,” said Moody.

“We have been here a few times before and lost, I think we have won once in our last five visits, so we know it is a tough place to come.

“The most important thing was the win. And it always feels good to come off the pitch having kept the opposition away from your try-line. They put us under a serious amount of pressure at times but we stood up to it and our defence was excellent. The guys were absolutely determined not to let them over the line.

“We gave away too many penalties, but when we kept the ball we looked like we would score tries.”

Moody led a team showing nine changes from the starting XV which earned a Heineken Cup win over Edinburgh, and the captain was delighted with the performance of those who stepped into the line-up.

“The guys who came in are all quality players,” Moody said. “Thanks to Pat Howard last year and then the World Cup, you know guys are able to step up into a game and not falter because they have proved it before.”