SCRUM-HALF Francois Hougaard is “pretty happy” with the level of his performances for Worcester Warriors despite having “some very average games” this season.

The South African has been instrumental in steering Warriors to safety in the past three seasons and finds himself in another relegation battle.

Having ended his international career last summer Hougaard has featured far more regularly for Warriors, racking up 20 appearances.

But the 31-year-old acknowledges he has had his off-days this term and is driven to produce his best in the final four Gallagher Premiership fixtures.

“I have had some very average games and was struggling at a certain time but I am pretty happy,” Hougaard said.

“I can always do better and can be better. I am just taking it game for game and seeing where it takes me.”

Hougaard has also played on the wing in the past two games when Michael Heaney has come on at scrum-half.

“It’s fun,” Hougaard said. “That’s where my career started.

“I just enjoy being on the pitch, it does not matter where.”

Hougaard is set to lock horns with fellow Springbok number nine Faf de Klerk tomorrow when Sale Sharks take on Warriors at Sixways (3pm).

“He is a great player,” Hougaard said.

“Everyone has seen him play international rugby and he has had a great season so far.

“The reason we play the game is to play against great players as you know you get tested.”

Warriors are one place and three points above bottom club Newcastle Falcons while fifth-placed Sale are chasing a top-four spot.

“It doesn’t matter if it is home or away there has to be the will and the want to win,” Hougaard added.

“The teams that we have got coming up are all great.

“If you are not 100 per cent there mentally those teams are going to punish you.

“Sale beat us at home last season and have shown that they are also a great side.

“We have got a big job on our hands.”