Having plotted the downfall of the Scarlets in the second round of the Heineken Cup, Ben Youngs and Toby Flood are hoping to carry their partnership onto the international stage next month.
England coaches Brian Smith, John Wells and Graham Rowntree were in the stand to see the Leicester Tigers half-backs completely demolish the Welsh region and will no doubt now have them firmly in mind for the clash with the All Blacks at Twickenham Stadium on 6 November
Scrum half Youngs scored one try and made another in an amazing 10 minute burst at the start of the second half that saw the home side score three tries and 21 points without response on their way to a 46-10 victory.
And fit again Flood chipped in with 16 points to prove his left knee problems are over and that he is ready to battle Jonny Wilkinson for the No 10 shirt against the Tri Nations super-powers at Twickenham next month.
"It would be great to be capped again," said Youngs, who scored a great solo try on hi first full start for England against Australia in the summer, "but I can only play as well as I can for Leicester and hope I get picked.
"I'm pretty happy with where I'm at. No disrespect to the guys who have played at No 10 since Toby has been injured, but it made my life so much easier having him back there.
"I know his game inside out and he is a great talent. It's always nice playing with him because he makes my life easier.
"We did a lot of graft in the first half and missed a few opportunities, but we knew they were going to crack at some stage. We have got a magnificent set of forwards and they played fantastically well.
"We've had a good start and we are really happy. Perpignan away and home and we can really see where we stand in this Pool when we go to France."
Having only led 13-10 at the break, five second half tries took the Tigers out to their 46-10 win and put them to the top of Pool 5 with 10 points out of 10.
Youngs inspired the victory charge with his try a minute after the second half started and Flood's boot kept the scoreboard ticking over as he chipped in with five conversions and two penalties.
"The plan was to play for a full 80 minutes today and if we hadn't been so far ahead I'm sure that would have happened. The knee felt good and there wasn't any reaction," said Flood.
"I thought I'd be blowing a bit by the end, but my fitness was pretty good and I'm happy to be back on the pitch. I know Jonny Wilkinson is happy in Toulon and playing well as a result.
"I keep myself very distant from all the talk about who is the No 1. if it is Jonny, then I will just get on with it."
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