Fiji Time: 6:07 AM on Saturday 21 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Rebels focus on 'Tahs No.10 Foley

AAP
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Update: 7:20PM Forget Folau - it's Foley that's the focus for the Melbourne Rebels in their Super Rugby clash with the NSW Waratahs on Friday night.

The form of Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley rather than star fullback Israel Folau has caught the eye of the Rebels, who are looking for successive wins for the first time this season.

Rebels winger Tom English said playmaker Foley, who may be named as Wallabies No.10 on Thursday, was the dangerman for the AAMI Park match.

"Bernie's playing exceptionally well and he's been instrumental in their wins," English said.

"He orchestrates the backline well, he takes it to the line when they're on front-foot ball or he will pull it out the back to Kurtley (Beale) to wield some magic.

"Whilst it would be stupid not to look at Izzy (Folau), Bernie will be our primary focus."

While the Rebels' year hasn't gone as hoped in terms of their win-loss record - with several tight defeats hurting them - a win over the in-form Waratahs would mean they would've beaten each of the other Australian teams in a single season for first time.

They had their first win over the Reds last round.

"It is the missing link so it would be lovely to knock them off," English said.

"It would give us a bit of confidence in our season to string two wins together and it would do us a world of good.

"It would just go to show that we can match it with them."

The Rebels are hoping that the Waratahs' tight turn-around from their Sunday game counts against them and plan to run their big bodies around.

"They're quite a big forward pack and if you run them around a bit they will get tired," said English.

"So I think that's going to be our main goal; to tire them out so we can come hard in the back half of the halves like we did against the Reds."

Meanwhile, hard-working hooker Pat Leafa has signed a new deal to stay in Melbourne until the end of the 2016 season.

Leafa, 25, has impressed this season in a regular tussle with Japanese international Shota Horie for the starting jersey.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64860.6296
JPY 56.520053.5200
GBP 0.39340.3854
EUR 0.45650.4445
NZD 0.68440.6514
AUD 0.64750.6225
USD 0.48910.4721

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 20th January, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Bad weather approaches
  2. Drug raid in North
  3. Fire destroys garment facility
  4. Bills rebuff
  5. Coral Coast 7s impress greats
  6. PM to request for funds
  7. Five Fiji Babaas players join sevens extended squad
  8. New year in tents for students
  9. No say on chiefly title disputes
  10. Concern over drug use by students

Top Stories this Week

  1. Radrodro cops $10k fine for facebook rant Wednesday (18 Jan)
  2. Brothers appear for alleged assault, granted bail Saturday (14 Jan)
  3. Ministry to defend its workers Wednesday (18 Jan)
  4. Fiji 7s team to Wellington named Thursday (19 Jan)
  5. QVS opening delayed Sunday (15 Jan)
  6. Snap search uncovers contraband in remand centre Sunday (15 Jan)
  7. Morning blaze destroys home Saturday (14 Jan)
  8. Fijian Jimmy Snuka dies Wednesday (18 Jan)
  9. Kiribati grateful to Cakaudrove Tuesday (17 Jan)
  10. Mourning period ends for the late Roko Tui Bau Saturday (14 Jan)