Foley finds radar after Dunedin “hiccup”

first_imgFoley has slotted 15 from 15 in the two Tests since the second Bledisloe, a performance skills coach Mick Byrne simply categorised as an off night.”I think it’s faith, especially when you have a hiccup,” Byrne said.”It’s like in any sport – golfers are a classic one.”We look at (Marc) Leishman, he’s just won the (BMW) tournament but you go back to a tournament he had before, he wasn’t hitting the ball really well there.”You just have those moments at the top end of games.”You can’t get concerned about what happened or why it was this or why it was that, because you get caught up in stuff that’s not really there.”You trust your rhythm, go back and work on what you need to work on.”Byrne doesn’t harbour any concerns for Reece Hodge’s accuracy, either, putting his two from eight at Test level down to the sheer difficulty of the shots he faces when handed the tee.”When you look at the field, without getting too technical, there’s certain parts of the field where kickers kick it at 100 per cent, and then as you move out – it’s usually at that 25m mark, a semi-circle around the goal – most kickers are at 100 per cent,” Byrne said.”When you push out to 30m they drop out to about 85.”When you get out to 40m, some of them are dropping down to 60, 65.”When you drop out to 50 they’re about 50, 40, 30 sort of thing.”If you look at Hodgey’s eight kicks and multiply by the distance of his kick, he’d probably be twice as far as any other kicker.”So, what’s the merit in taking those low percentage kicks?”The beauty of that is, if you’ve got a guy who can kick the ball from 55m, and you’re going to go in and try and slow the ball down and you know the guy’s going to kick penalties from there, you might have a second thought about giving away a penalty from 55m out.”It might just be enough to say to a team, if you want to start giving away penalties here… extend the safe zone.”The Wallabies will need both Foley and Hodge to have their radar’s working when they tackle the Springboks in Bloemfontein, as accurate goal kicking is one of three non-negotiables against the Boks on their home turf.The other two, winning the physicality up front and at least breaking even at set piece time, were two areas where the Wallabies battled, at times, when these two teams slugged out a 23-all draw a fortnight ago.”It is a non-negotiable to beat anyone, really.” Byrne said of the physicality challenge.”But South Africa bring a physicality.”They pride themselves on that. They’re a nation of it. We’ve got to match them in that area.”On the lineout front, Byrne said a few little things going wrong sparked a chain reaction in a poor second half in Perth.”There was a couple of things identified, mainly around the get in and get the job done,” Byrne said.”There was probably a little bit too much thinking about it.”The skill sets inside that lineout that night, a little bit better jumping, I think there was a crooked throw or overthrow as well.”Just the little skill sets are really important.”It comes back to trusting your habits and backing yourself under pressure.”last_img read more

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK Bruins in a rush to meet Beavers’ QB

first_img“That usually goes hand-in-hand with pass rush,” UCLA defensive end Bruce Davis said. “They haven’t given up many sacks (six), but he’s been on the ground a lot. When a guy is throwing it up like that, he can see the pressure and he’s scared to get hit. Hopefully we’ll have a big impact on this game; that’s what we’re looking for.” Canfield, a lefty, has taken the majority of the snaps. Lyle Moevao (North Torrance High, El Camino College) and Ryan Gunderson also have played. Eight of Canfield’s interceptions came in losses at Cincinnati (34-3) and Arizona State (44-32), where the Beavers blew a 19-0 lead. “It’s just a lot of inexperience, really,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “He’s gotten better and better.” Canfield should be aided by a solid running attack led by Yvenson Bernard, who is averaging 94.2 yards per game, but it has not translated into production. Canfield, a first-year starter, has completed 75 of 128 passes for 895 yards, and ranks 73rd in the nation in passing efficiency (118.73). His stats are weighted by easy home wins against Utah and Idaho State. Challenging Canfield this week is an experienced UCLA defense, which Beavers coach Mike Riley said does a nice job of mixing blitzes and changing coverages. “They’re as athletic as they can be, and their speed is apparent and they play fast in the games,” Riley said. “They’re not just fast, they play fast so they can look overwhelming.” Bruins odds and ends Senior fullback Michael Pitre practiced for the first time since training camp and could play against the Beavers. He has been out with a knee injury. … Quarterback Ben Olson returned to practice after missing last week with what were termed “headaches,” but acknowledged he suffered a concussion at Utah. “I feel good now,” Olson said. Defensive end Nikola Dragovic and linebacker Aaron Whittington, both of whom were out with concussions, returned to practice and are expected to play. Around the nation Florida State: Linebacker Geno Hayes has been demoted to the second team after being arrested for an altercation with police outside a bar. Hayes and fullback Joe Surratt, who is sitting out the season with an injury, were suspended Friday after being arrested earlier in the day. The Seminoles were idle Saturday and Coach Bobby Bowden reinstated Hayes on Tuesday. Florida State plays No.22 Alabama in Jacksonville on Saturday and Hayes will not start. Hayes is facing misdemeanor charges of assault on an officer, resisting arrest without violence and disorderly conduct. Surratt was charged with a felony count of battery on an officer. Ohio State: Third-team quarterback Antonio Henton was arrested on a charge of soliciting a prostitute. The 20-year-old Henton entered a not guilty plea in Franklin County Municipal Court to the misdemeanor charge. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and $1,000 fine, but generally results in a fine. Iowa: Receiver Andy Brodell is likely to miss the rest of the season after tearing his hamstring. New Mexico: Receiver Marcus Smith will leave the team this week to attend his mother’s funeral in San Diego but is expected to start Saturday night in the Mountain West opener against BYU. Oklahoma: Defensive end John Williams had surgery to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon and will miss the rest of the season. TCU: Defensive end Tommy Blake will miss at least the next two games on medical leave, the second time this season he’s been sidelined for undisclosed reasons. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER It is the type of statistic that makes defenders smile, that is, when they are not salivating like a dog staring at a T-bone steak. The 13 interceptions thrown by a trio of Oregon State quarterbacks are three more than any other team in the nation. Sean Canfield, the sophomore starter, is tied for the nation’s lead with nine interceptions. last_img read more

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