Meyer flying in Premiership
22 Sep 2008
With three wins in as many matches Leicester Tigers coach Heyneke Meyer seems to be adjusting to life in the Premiership brilliantly.
Meyer lead the Bulls to the Super 14 title in 2007 and subsequently worked for a sports nutrition company USN before accepting an offer from the Tigers.
On Saturday he lead his side to their third successive victory, a close run 19-17 win against Worcester Warriors, which subsequently saw them top the table. Impressively two of those wins have come away from home.
However, while he could not have hoped for a better start to his tenure, Meyer sounded an ominous warning to those with title aspirations.
“I’m really happy with our start, particularly the fact that we grabbed two wins away from home. But there’s lot’s of room for improvement,” Meyer told keo.co.za. “We have about eight internationals out injured. We can only get better.”
Meyer’s ability to adapt his tactics to various conditions should make his stint in the Premiership a successful one. He said that with the English winter yet to take hold, his side have sought to shift the ball a lot more than they will in a month or two when driving rain will become a notable feature of most Premiership matches.
He also added that the support he was getting from a skilled and experienced coaching staff had made his settling in process a lot easier.
“The boys have been brilliant and the club has seen to everything I need,” said Meyer, who recently moved out of a hotel room he’d called home for a month and into a house close to the club. “That takes a lot of additional pressure off you as a foreign coach in a new country. I’m really appreciative for the lengths Leicester have gone to to help me adjust quickly.”
He continued: “The one frustrating thing has been that I hurt myself when I first arrived here and I’ve been in a cast since then which has limited the amount of time I’ve been able to spend on the pitch with the team in training. I can’t wait until [the cast] comes off. I want to get out there.”
The Tigers host the struggling London Wasps on Friday, but Meyer was acutely aware that the defending champions were still a very competent unit. They face a testing month with the ever improving Northampton Saints and Bath lined up after the Wasps clash.
By Ryan Vrede