Moody: There’s more to come

Lewis Moody seemed to be at the peak of his powers as Leicester reached the European Cup semi-finals with an emphatic 29-13 victory over Leinster in Dublin. [more]

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Lewis Moody seemed to be at the peak of his powers as Leicester reached the European Cup semi-finals with an emphatic 29-13 victory over Leinster in Dublin.

And with the British & Irish Lions tour looming on the horizon, the England flanker vowed there was more to come.

Moody was named man-of-the-match and hailed by Leicester coach John Wells for a performance which proved he has finally shaken off all the injuries that have plagued him since the World Cup.

Moody has suffered more than his fair share. A broken foot and damaged wrist tendons – sustained while opening Christmas presents – were followed by a hamstring injury and poisoned finger which both disrupted his RBS 6 Nations.

"Every time he takes the field I doubt whether he is going to last," Wells admitted.

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"He is a very special individual and a very special player. Providing he was disciplined about his rehabilitation he was always going to get back. He just had to be strong mentally and not try to get back too early.

"There will be times in the future when he is injured and he will want to play when he is not fit. That is part and parcel of looking after Lewis.

"But if you get him on the right pitch, playing in these type of games, in this type of environment you know what he is capable of doing."

That is lung-busting, bone-jarring commitment to the cause; the epitome of what Leicester were about and just the qualities Sir Clive Woodward will want in New Zealand this summer.

Gareth Jenkins, one of Woodward’s band of Lions coaches, was on hand to witness it too.

"It has taken far too long to get back to this level," said Moody, the stud marks behind his right ear a bright scar of his endeavours at Lansdowne Road.

"It has taken until this weekend for me to get right back into form. I know there is so much more to come out of me.

"I am happy to have a good performance under my belt. It’s taken a while and I have had a lot of people on my back at times.

"I just get on with the way I like to play and throw myself about as much as anyone else."

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