Leicester ready to come up with the Goodes

Andy Goode says that he knows exactly what is needed from him when his team Leicester Tigers face their biggest rivals London Wasps in the Guinness Premiership final on Saturday.


It will take a commanding performance from Goode to upset the London team and Goode accepts that the pressure which comes with the No.10 territory will again be on him.


It has been said that when Goode plays well, Tigers play well, and when he is not on top form, they are average.


“You either like me or you don’t,” he said in the Leicester Mercury.


“I don’t worry about other people’s opinions.


“If the players around me believe in me, that will do for me.”


For lack of a better word Goode has come Good for the Tigers in big games and he has done it at least three times in the last nine weeks.


In getting to the final the Tigers had to get past Gloucester in the semi-final and Goode was made man of the match after he slotted a last-gasp drop-goal to clinch a 26-25 win.


He knows the pressure is on him so the match holds no terrors for Goode who has also earned nine England caps.


“When we lost at Newcastle, everyone wrote us off,” he said.


“But we’ve come good in the last two games and we’ll take that.


“Leicester-Wasps is always a big final. For a lot of our guys, it’s the last game of the season and for others it’s the last game for the club.


“I accept that 10 plays a big part in a game, but if our pack gets going forward, it makes my job easier. We did that at Cardiff. It was a very physical battle, which we won.


“We did it at both Cardiff and Gloucester and we can do it again. It’s a massive game, but we are refreshed and we play well under pressure.”


Tigers go into the game as defending champions and a win would turn an inconsistent season into a successful one.


“We know what we have to do and know how to do it,” said Goode.


“We’ve crashed them twice this season and they’ve crashed us once. This is just another big one.”

 

Rugbyweek.com

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