Tigers under serious pressure in Ospreys game

European rugby round 2: Tigers scrum Ospreys, Crane looks up ready to defend.

There were plenty of us feeling some serious pressure when we went down 10-0 to the Ospreys at home in our Heineken Cup game last Sunday.

Having lost in Toulouse in round one and received some, at times, unfair criticism as a result, I guess we were in danger of going out of the competition after just two games when the Ospreys made such a good start at Welford Road.

There was plenty of time left though at that stage and the Toulouse game had shown us how quickly a game could change in momentum after we had led in France 9-6 just before the break.

To come back in the manner that we did though to beat the Ospreys and pick up a four-try bonus point with the last action of the game was great to be a part of and, as captain, a very satisfying moment too.

I had been skipper when we lost to Harlequins at home and then again in Toulouse which was tough to take. So personally, it added something to the win last weekend and made coming off the pitch all the more special after that amazing finish when we scored three tries in the last nine minutes.

The atmosphere in the ground was fantastic at the end of the game and there were a lot of smiles on the guys faces in the dressing room.

As a reaction to Toulouse and the week we had after that, the Ospreys game was ideal. And I was particularly impressed with our hunger to go for the four-try bonus point as soon as there was the faintest sniff of that being possible when we scored our second try after 71 minutes.

With Toulouse failing to get a bonus point in Treviso, our group is wide open again and we have to go to Italy in our next game in December.

They are a serious team now and no longer European pushovers but we have shown our potential and just what we can achieve on the big stage and in the big games which will certainly give us plenty of confidence going over there.

Leicester Tigers' captain Jordan Crane puts in the tackle as Ospreys attack.


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