Derick Hougaard kicked 14 points in his Leicester debut to claim a rare away win at Bath.
The visitors could only manage one try through Ben Youngs in their 19-14 EDF Energy Cup victory at the Rec, but the former Bulls flyhalf did the rest courtesy of a conversion of the score, three penalties and a drop goal. The match was billed as the Hougaard vs Butch James show, but the latter was rested for the encounter.
Leicester Boss Heyneke Meyer was full of praise for Hougaard.
“It’s great to have a guy who is used to playing tactically and we used our chances better in the game,” said Meyer.
“You need very good number 10 in these competitions and Derick is a good tactical player who can turn a game around. He will be one of the best players in the Premiership especially as he learns to play in different conditions. He’s got a lot to offer.”
Hougaard acknowledged that he took a while to become accustomed to the pace of the game, but once he had the wind at his back in the second stanza he used the conditions to his team’s advantage.
“The game didn’t start very well for me but I got into the groove. I didn’t panic, just tried to keep myself focused,” said Hougaard.
“With a slight lead and wind advantage for the second half we knew we were in a good position.”