Folau reveals secret to try-scoring form

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    Israel Folau has revealed the secret behind his spectacular try-scoring form as he hunts yet more five-pointers in the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship closer against the Pumas in Argentina.

    The superstar code-hopper needs six more strikes in Australia’s last six Tests of 2017 to equal rugby’s world record for most tries in a calendar year.

    But, surprisingly, he insists bagging tries is not in his game plan.

    “To be honest, I go into a game not thinking about scoring tries and I think that’s the key,” Folau said after coach Michael Cheika named an unchanged starting side for the first time in his three years at the helm.

    “Once you go into a game thinking about tries, you’re not thinking about your role as a player for the team.

    “So I’m just really enjoying the ride and the journey at the moment and I’m looking forward to another opportunity at the weekend.”

    With his 11th try of the year coming in last week’s 27-27 draw with South Africa in Bloemfontein, the fullback eclipsed his one-time Queensland State of Origin rugby league teammate Lote Tuqiri’s Australian record for most five-pointers in a single season.

    “I’m sure I’ll speak to Lote at some stage when I get back home. He’s someone I definitely looked up to from a young age,” Folau said.

    “I just feel honoured and privileged to get the opportunity to score tries.

    “But I just give credit to the guys on the inside for providing those opportunities. I’m just lucky to be on the end of the play to be able to go over and score tries.”

    Folau’s 11 tries in 2017 have come in only eight Tests – including an unprecedented hat-trick of braces against Fiji, Scotland and Italy.

    With a strike rate of more than one try a Test, the 29-year-old is on pace to beat the current world record of 17 shared by Japanese flyer Daisuke Ohata (2002) and former New Zealand winger Joe Rokocoko (2003).

    If he remains injury-free, Folau will get the chance to set a new benchmark on the upcoming spring tour of Japan and Europe following Sunday’s clash with the Pumas in Mendoza and the last Bledisloe Cup match of the year against New Zealand in Brisbane in a fortnight.

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    • October 6th 2017 @ 5:50pm
      Mike Julz said | October 6th 2017 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

      Maria Tutaia, that’s the secret.?

    • October 6th 2017 @ 7:21pm
      BrainsTrust said | October 6th 2017 @ 7:21pm | ! Report

      Folau has one of the best agents only behind SBW,
      The biggest joke was the headline after the people’s choice team that Folau was left out.
      Well everyone apart from the journos seems to have realised that Folau is a defensive shirker.

    • Roar Rookie

      October 6th 2017 @ 10:07pm
      tsuru said | October 6th 2017 @ 10:07pm | ! Report

      Well these comments seem to indicate an answer to a question Nick Farr-Jones raised in his recent interview with The Roar. He was ruminating on how much emphasis the current coaching setup was placing on “process” as opposed to score or results. He said that he attributed a big improvement in consistency, in his time with the Wallabies, on Dwyer and co focusing on the process(es) each player needed to go through.

      What Folau is talking about here is really his focus on the process he needs in his job. I always wonder, when we hear these comments from players when they’re interviewed, just how much of what they say is a regurgitation of what they’ve been hearing from the coaching team. I usually figure it’s about 80%.

      • October 7th 2017 @ 8:25am
        Taylorman said | October 7th 2017 @ 8:25am | ! Report

        Yes focussing on the process is standard fare for any sport. The scoring of tries, the winning of the game are just products of the process or processes done well.

        You can certainly visualise the scoring of tries or winning but that is still just a part of that process, without which wont be realised. Folau knows the score on that one so the surprise mentioned in the article isnt one to me.

    • October 7th 2017 @ 9:31am
      Bill said | October 7th 2017 @ 9:31am | ! Report

      Isn’t it wonderful t see a winger like Rieko Ioane who can beat a man in the tackle that actually has to work to score.

      Folau’s tries are soft by comparison, gifted by his team mates.

      At least he has the grace to acknowledge the try assists.

      • October 7th 2017 @ 9:40am
        Loxie said | October 7th 2017 @ 9:40am | ! Report

        Rubbish. He has one of the best tackle bust stats in the game.

        • October 7th 2017 @ 7:01pm
          Bill said | October 7th 2017 @ 7:01pm | ! Report

          No he does not.

          In Super Rugby, Folau ranks 34th in line breaks.

          • October 8th 2017 @ 7:32am
            Cynical Play said | October 8th 2017 @ 7:32am | ! Report

            He’s incredibly hard to stop scoring from 10 out.

      • Roar Guru

        October 7th 2017 @ 9:46am
        PeterK said | October 7th 2017 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        too bad he can’t be as graceful and humble as the kiwis though as your post exemplifies

        • October 7th 2017 @ 10:06am
          Bill said | October 7th 2017 @ 10:06am | ! Report

          Pointing out truly great great tries from superb individual effort and atheleticism is hardly graceless mate.

          But, Having you take offence at a comparison between the individual effort between Ioane and Folau’s tires is laughable.

          • Roar Guru

            October 7th 2017 @ 10:21am
            PeterK said | October 7th 2017 @ 10:21am | ! Report

            not taking offence at all, just noting how graceful and humble you are, you are a credit to the rugby world
            you have a great attitude towards players around the world treating them with due respect

        • October 7th 2017 @ 10:07am
          Bill said | October 7th 2017 @ 10:07am | ! Report

          Pointing out truly great great tries from superb individual effort and atheleticism is hardly graceless mate.

          But, Having you take offence at a comparison between the individual effort between Ioane and Folau’s tires is laughable.

    • Roar Guru

      October 7th 2017 @ 11:56am
      Timbo (L) said | October 7th 2017 @ 11:56am | ! Report

      It is good to see him acknowledge his inside backs.

      • Roar Guru

        October 7th 2017 @ 1:35pm
        PeterK said | October 7th 2017 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

        he is always humble and a team player

        • October 7th 2017 @ 4:01pm
          Taylorman said | October 7th 2017 @ 4:01pm | ! Report

          Humility rates quite highly with you doesnt it?

          Its almost a defensive mechanism?

          • Roar Guru

            October 7th 2017 @ 6:55pm
            PeterK said | October 7th 2017 @ 6:55pm | ! Report

            its that empty wind from aucklland again

            • October 7th 2017 @ 7:03pm
              Bill said | October 7th 2017 @ 7:03pm | ! Report

              you are blind when it comes to Folau.

    • October 7th 2017 @ 10:41pm
      Kiwi in nz said | October 7th 2017 @ 10:41pm | ! Report

      Soft or hard trys. Good that oz is scoring trys and good Folou is scoring them. For so long he has been bagged, whether deserving or not there will be more of these types of articles if the trend continues. TBO I used to not like Folau so much early on with all the hype, and mostly with the big grinning picture they had of him on the articles on the roar. Same for Chieka. Some the the pictures are not flattering and make me think less of him, than I normally would from his coaching.

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