Leicester Tigers coach Heyneke Meyer predicted that Derrick Hougaard’s ability to play a tactical game will ensure he thrives in the Premiership.
The former Bulls flyhalf, who scored 14 of Leicester’s 19 points in a win over Bath at the weekend, is at his best in a team that has a very structured approach and Meyer believes that conditions in the northern hemisphere dictate this approach. This, he said, would make Hougaard a valuable asset to his side.
“It’s great to have a guy who is used to playing tactically and we used our chances better in the game,” Meyer said.
“You need a very good No.10 in these competitions and Derrick 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.”
A shoulder injury kept Hougaard out of the early season matches but he made an impressive start against Bath in the EDF Energy Cup on Saturday, sinking what proved to be the match-winning drop-goal.
“The game didn’t start very well for me, but I got into the groove,” Hougaard said of his debut for the Tigers – the first team other than the Bulls he played for since making his first class debut as a 19-year-old in 2002.
“I didn’t panic, just tried to keep myself focused. With a slight lead and wind advantage for the second half we knew we were in a good position.”
“Actually, I was looking at the wrong clock and I thought there was only couple of minutes left,” he admitted.