Exeter Chiefs' Ignacio Mieres ready for fly-half chance

Ignacio Mieres
Mieres kicked 25 points for the Chiefs last season having started two matches

Exeter Chiefs fly-half Ignacio Mieres says he will take his chance to establish himself as the club's first choice number 10.

The 24-year-old Argentinian has been given the nod over Irish rival Gareth Steenson as the Chiefs' starting fly-half for their opening Premiership fixture at Leicester.

"I do everything to try to get my chance," Mieres told BBC Radio Devon.

"I train every day, every extra session, and I do it to play," he said.

Mieres started one of Exeter's pre-season games against the Cornish Pirates, and made every kick he took, while Steenson started the other two.

And although Mieres did not make his first Premiership start until the final two games of last season, he says he understands why opportunities were limited.

"I had to wait for my chance because Steeno was at a very good level and his kicking was awesome and he was playing great," he said.

"And when a team is working well you don't want to make and changes."

But Mieres is hopeful that competition amongst the clubs fly-halves will push their level higher.

"Healthy competition only brings the level up from players.

"The three fly-halves really competed hard this pre-season and I think the level of everyone is better.

"I feel stronger and more confident with the matches we had and all the analysis in pre-season," he added.