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Influential Hougaard insists he can still be 'so much better'

Aaron Wise 30th Nov, 2017

FIT-AGAIN Francois Hougaard believes he can still be ‘so much better’ after helping Warriors to consecutive Premiership victories following his return from injury.

The scrum-half, who made an impressive comeback in the recent 30-15 victory over Northampton Saints at Sixways, backed up the influential performance in last Saturday’s 31-27 win against Leicester Tigers, where he dictated play to help his side pick up their first away win of the season.

After missing the first part of the last three Premiership campaigns, Hougaard has proved to be instrumental in Warriors finding form to steer away from relegation. The latest win lifted the side off the foot of the table.

But the 29-year-old insists he is just happy to contribute to the team as he returns to full fitness from a lengthy absence with a shoulder injury.

“It’s great to be back and I’m glad I managed to get out on the field and help the guys to a victory (against Northampton),” said Hougaard.

“My main aim was to contribute in a positive way and just enjoy myself as I had only started training again with the team a couple of weeks ago.

“I was a bit rusty in the first ten to 15 minutes. It felt a bit weird but that’s in every case if you haven’t played in ten weeks. I have to be realistic and can’t expect to be at my best after that long (out injured), but I know I can be so much better.

“I feel more ready then ever so I’m going to try very hard to stay disciplined. You know what your body can do and how far you can push yourself.”

The South African’s contract with the club expires at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, but he has not ruled out a possible extension.

“I’m very happy at the club, they and the supporters have been great to me,” he said.

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