Coach preaches patience for Tahs

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    NSW coach Michael Foley wants his team to show patience and finish off opportunities when they resume their sputtering Super Rugby campaign after a bye week.

    A 30-13 loss to the high-flying Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday represented a fourth loss in six games for NSW under new coach Foley.

    Despite their inconsistency NSW, who are tenth on the overall ladder, are still within striking distance of the Australian conference leaders, the Brumbies.

    The Waratahs are third in the Australian conference, level on points with defending champions Queensland, who are also five points off the conference lead.

    Their four-point bye could potentially bring them to within one point of the Brumbies, if the latter lose to the Reds in Brisbane on Friday.

    Against the Highlanders, NSW failed to pick up a bonus point for the first time this season.

    The game underlined the frustrating start to the season made by NSW, who again mixed strong and weak passages of play.

    They dominated the Chiefs in the first half but trailed 13-10 at the break and were outplayed and outscored 17-3 in the second term.

    NSW have lost two games by one point and another by four.

    “We haven’t always got the results. We’re very very keen to get that solved,” Foley told AAP.

    “We can’t be satisfied with playing to be competitive.

    “We certainly have been competitive, it’s just a matter of finishing, understanding that we’re going to be a threat.

    “We’re going to create and we’ve got to finish it off.”

    Against the Highlanders, NSW created several scoring chances, but blew most of them through mistakes and impatience.

    “We had possession for long periods of time and forced them to make a lot of tackles, but we weren’t ticking the scoreboard over,” Foley said.

    “The lesson to learn out of it is that when you start to build pressure, to have patience with the ball is crucial.”

    Of his six long-term injured players, Foley expects only captain and blindside flanker Rocky Elsom to be available in the near future.

    He hopes Elsom will be ready to make his season debut the week after the bye against the Force in Perth, or the following round at home to Melbourne.

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    • April 1st 2012 @ 11:58pm
      jeznez said | April 1st 2012 @ 11:58pm | ! Report

      Adrian, your article confuses me –

      (Against the Highlanders, NSW created several scoring chances, but blew most of them through mistakes and impatience.

      “We had possession for long periods of time and forced them to make a lot of tackles, but we weren’t ticking the scoreboard over,” Foley said.)

      I disagree with your comment about NSW creating scoring chances against the Highlanders. In that game they kicked the ball away at every opportunity. If you’ve mixed your matches up and your and Foley’s comments refer to this weekend’s game against the Chiefs then they make a lot more sense.

      There were definitely opportunities and more positive play this weekend. If patience is code for an inability to put the ball in front of the man and an over reliance on cut passes that allowed the defence to drift to the wide men then I’d agree with Foley. That wide spreading without forwards being out there in support meant that the smaller/quicker Chiefs pack gained advantage as the match progressed. The loss of the go forward play of Palu in particular and TPN meant the Tahs were not earning the right to go wide before they spread it.

      I agree not a million miles away from playing well but the insistence that S. Timani start on the bench and Mumm playing 80 minutes have me concerned.

      Also who are the six? Elsom, Vickerman, Mitchell, Turner, McCutcheon are five – is the sixth Pakalani? I thought I had heard he was due back soon.

      • April 2nd 2012 @ 10:36am
        drop kick said | April 2nd 2012 @ 10:36am | ! Report

        He confuses you because he meant the Chiefs not the Higlanders.

        • April 2nd 2012 @ 11:27am
          jeznez said | April 2nd 2012 @ 11:27am | ! Report

          that is my assumption as well DK – unless he is talking about creating so many chances that our only try came of a chargedown?

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 2:11am
      TaTah said | April 2nd 2012 @ 2:11am | ! Report

      I was pleased with the way NSW played the first half. However it must be said that when the chiefs had the ball they looked far more threatening than we did. Their passes were crisp and they ran super hard. They always looked dangerous, whilst our guys were certainly trying but still looked hesitant. I don’t know whether our defense was poor, or the attack of the chiefs too good.

      On the plus side, Kane Douglas is running well. Alcock continues to impress. Cliffy was magnificent. Dennis worked hard. I would start Sitaleki Tomani over Mumm, to partner Douglas.

      I’m a massive fan of Rob Horne, but his positional play and tackling aren’t good. I’m hoping he gets back to his best with more rugby under his belt. Go Tahs!

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 8:44am
      Albo said | April 2nd 2012 @ 8:44am | ! Report

      I would like to see Rob Horne at 12 and AAC at 13.

      Horne has more penetration than Carter, deals with front on tackles better than against the fleet footed outside backs where he has been found wanting.

      My respect for AAC is well documented. He alongside Kingston are the only consistent performers in the team. He fights for every bit of yardage and looks for work for 80mins. I think he needs to be closer in at 13 where, on song, he’s up there with the best in the world.

      I just think Carter and Horne are too similar. I know there are those who think AAC is a similar bash-it-up style centre but there is much more to his game.

      As I write this though I do think they’d miss him under the highball…

      Alright I dunno… I’d just love to see this team click consistently.

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 9:56am
      bennalong said | April 2nd 2012 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      The first half of the match was fine but with the Chiefs relying on breakaway tries,( which they are very good at,)

      My concern is the fall off in the second and I’d observe that the team seems to spend a lot of time pumping iron.

      It is my belief that weights can reduce speed and flexibility which in most positions in rugby are superior qualities. I further believe that the pre-season injury rate is at least partially attributable to weights which build up slow- twitch fibres which impair the function of fast twitch fibres and respond differently to running

      The best way to train for rugby is on the field………. running and passing at speed. This is surely stating the bleeding obvious because it improves reflexes and hand to eye at the same time.

      And it’s not as though those skills are at the level you’d like to see

      Does anyone know the breakdown of the Tahs training?

      Lotte Tuquiri was played as a bash’m up big boy by the Tahs. After returning to league he reduced weights training and regained his speed scoring in the corner in his first game

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        April 2nd 2012 @ 10:48am
        stillmissit said | April 2nd 2012 @ 10:48am | ! Report

        Benne – I can’t believe the Tahs are still building big boys in the backs. I thought this was put away never to be touched again after McKenzie. Fat boys can’t run end of bloody story.

        Agree re field training, they need someone like a league coach to come in and have them running and passing until they get it then running lines with fast passing.

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      April 2nd 2012 @ 10:50am
      stillmissit said | April 2nd 2012 @ 10:50am | ! Report

      Sick of bloody patience – I am bored watching the Tahs show patience and a predominance of 1995 hold possession rugby whilst the opposition sets off from it’s own 22 for our tryline.

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 11:18am
      jameswm said | April 2nd 2012 @ 11:18am | ! Report

      Can anyone explain to me how Mumm keeps his spot? He los tthe ball and got held up (maul, turnover) with us on heavy attack. He’s a liability.

      We need more hard runners like Cliffy and Taf. Surely Timani has to come in now.

      • April 2nd 2012 @ 3:09pm
        PeterK said | April 2nd 2012 @ 3:09pm | ! Report

        totally agree.

        with Elsom back after the break my forwards would be
        01 Robinson
        02 TPN
        03 Kepu
        04 S.Timani
        05 Douglas
        06 L.Timani
        07 Alcock
        08 Palu

        16 Ulugia
        17 Tilse (Paddy Ryan has been a realy liability every time, scrum goes backwards and he gives penalties away).
        18 Elsom
        19 Dennis
        NO ROOM for Mumm anywhere.

        When Palu comes off (it should be at 60 min not 45 min thanks)
        L.Timani to 8 and Elsom to 6. Elsom is also sufficient cover for locks.

        • April 2nd 2012 @ 3:26pm
          jeznez said | April 2nd 2012 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

          Dennis can cover lock as well.

          I’m in agreement except for 1 and 17. Unfortunately since neither of Robinson or Tilse covers tighthead it is very hard to play them together. An injury to Kepu would mean uncontested or Ulugia going to tighthead. At least with Ryan you can move Kepu to loosehead and stay reasonable.

          Ultimately I think Robinson needs to be dropped and forced to play his way back in. I’d give him a two week break (this weekend’s bye and the Force game when they come back in order to overcome any niggles and to lift his cardio work). I’d leave Ryan on the bench and start Tilse. Depending how Tilse goes we can re-assess our front row options.

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