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Ben Youngs says Leicester Tigers are peaking at right time

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Scrum-half Ben Youngs believes Leicester Tigers are right where they want to be as the finishing line approaches.

Youngs scored two tries for Tigers in yesterday's 35-16 victory over London Wasps at Welford Road, which kept them firmly on course for a home semi-final in the play-offs.

Games at Bath, on Saturday, then at home to London Irish round off the regular season. One win from those two should secure home advantage for Tigers.

"I think we are right where we want to be, playing some of our best rugby for a long time," said Youngs, who scored Tigers' first try before adding the fourth early in the second half.

"We are peaking at the right time," he said. "We have two more games and then, hopefully, a home semi-final. I think that if you look across the board us and Saracens are the in-form teams. Our squad is tremendous.

"We were able to rest a few players and people like Rob Hawkins, Steve Mafi and Graham Kitchener all slotted in."

Tigers' fans will have been particularly pleased to see Mafi back in action after an 11-week absence with a hamstring injury suffered in the Heineken Cup group game at home to Toulouse.

Mafi, who started yesterday's match in the back-row with Jordan Crane and Julian Salvi, made a considerable impact before being replaced for the second 40 minutes.

"Steve had a really great half," said Youngs. "He has pace for such a big guy. He is huge for us in terms of our phase play and his strength makes him a real danger."

Tigers' players also had the task of putting to bed the Heineken Cup defeat at Toulon. They could easily have been flat at the start of the Wasps game after the effort they put in against the French giants but that was far from the case.

Youngs said: "We had a really great start. We dealt with Tom Varndell and Christian Wade, who are tremendous finishers.

"From our point of view, we controlled the ball well. We got the bonus-point try early in the second half and probably dropped off a bit.

"But there were a lot of things we wanted to get out of our system and, with our physicality in the first 40 minutes, we managed to do that."

Ben Youngs says Leicester Tigers are peaking at right time


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