Varndell hoping he has turned the corner

England and Leicester Tigers wing Tom Varndell is hoping that the top drawer performance he put in during last week’s win over Sale will provide the platform to re-ignite his season.

It’s has not been a good season so far for Varndell as the 23-year-old was dropped from the England Elite Player Squad and Tigers coach Heyneke Meyer has been keeping him on the sidelines.

Friday’s 30-20 EDF Energy Cup match against Sale was his first start in a month indicating just how much rugby he has been missing.

Varndell played the leading role in Tigers’ second try of the night and he said that was pleased with his performance.

“I have not played for a while, I have had a couple of injuries and the boys who have come in have played well,” he told the Leicester Mercury.

“It’s been tough to get back in the team but I felt I put in a good performance and, hopefully, the coach will have seen that.

“Hopefully I will be featuring a lot more in the rest of the upcoming games.

“Every opportunity that I get, I have to show the coach that I want to get back in the swing of things.”

Leicester have enjoyed some succes so far this season even without Varndell who keeps promising to deliver and then falling a little short.

There win over the Sharks at Welford road ended with a score of 30-20 at Welford road but seven minutes from time the scoreboard told a different story.

Effectively though the Tigers have been knocked out of the EDF Energy Cup which they won in the 2006/07 season and reached the final in the 2007/08 season.

Varndell believes there is a lot more to come from a side still getting used to new calls and a new set-up under South African head coach Heyneke Meyer.

“There’s room for loads of improvement,” said Varndell. “We can play so much better than that. We let ourselves down a little bit against Sale.

“It’s not been a great couple of weeks for the team as a whole.

“I don’t think this season we have performed to the sort of levels that we know we can do.

“But there were positives from the win and we are looking forward to the start of the Premiership again.

“It’s a long season and, although we are out of the EDF Energy Cup, there’s still a lot to play for.

“We have a fantastic squad with so many young players coming through.

“Look at the likes of Tom Youngs and Ben Youngs and how well they played in the Sale game.

“We have got some great young players in every position and it’s a great team to be a part of.”

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