'Patience key to get best out of Ospreys' Hanno Dirksen'
STEVE Tandy believes patience is the key to unleashing Hanno Dirksen against Glasgow in Swansea tomorrow evening.
The Ospreys’ irresistible force from South Africa opened his try account for the season with a blistering solo effort against Ulster.
But head coach Tandy wants the region to make even more use of the 21-year-old and says the secret is for them to take greater care of the ball.
“We are getting Hanno into the game, but if we are not going past six or seven phases we are not going to see enough of him because he can’t be involved after every phase,” said Tandy.
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“Last term we were taking play through 13-plus phases at least twice a game and when that happens you get your strike-runners more involved.
“We just have to stop spilling possession.
“We have ball carriers like Hanno, Richard Fussell and Ashley Beck, but they are not featuring for us because we are not being patient and looking after the ball.”
The Ospreys want to bring Dirksen off his wing and into midfield as they did so successfully during his first full season with the region.
He did drop several passes himself last weekend, but the man from Krugersdorp — who qualifies for Wales in January 2014 — knows his way to the line and has the power to test any defence.
“We want to see him coming into midfield because he can do a lot of damage there,” said Tandy.
“He turned over three balls last weekend, so when he gets the football he has to look after it.
“But he is an asset.
“Last season he was our top carrier in many games. That’s what we are looking for our wings to do.
“We don’t want a traditional wing, someone who hugs the touchline and has three touches a game.
“In Hanno, Tom Grabham and Tom Isaacs, we have players who are prepared to look for work and get involved in all areas. They have good footwork and are good defensively — these boys are probably as strong as some of the back rowers.”
Like the Ospreys, Glasgow will take the field at the Liberty without a win in the Pro12 this season.
The Scottish province’s prop Ryan Grant said: “Ospreys are always a good side, full of class internationals, but it’s the same as any other game of rugby.
“We’re going to go down there with a gameplan in place to win and we’re going to expect to win.”