The Anatomy of a try video analysis: Bernard Foley - Green and Gold Rugby

The Anatomy of a try video analysis: Bernard Foley

The Anatomy of a try video analysis: Bernard Foley

Like most people I’ve really been enjoying the Waratahs attacking play over the course of this Super 15. Flat execution, intelligent passing and great support running has been their trademark with the Foley/Beale axis really delivering the goods.

I’m a big fan of both Foley and Beale and I’ve selected two tries that I first analysed for to show why (Kurtley’s try to come later this week).

They are talented footballers, and in Foley Australia have a player who fits the mould of the classic Australian 10. He has a great running and passing game, utilises excellent support lines, has bags of guts and is rapidly developing a cultured boot to add to his bag of tricks. In a lot of ways he reminds me of Michael Lynagh, and personally I think he’s one of the most under rated 10’s in world rugby.

In the Super 15 Semi-Final he dotted down an absolute peach of a team score right when the Brumbies were desperately looking to work their way back into the game. It’s a good try, with each man playing heads up Rugby and making the correct decision at each contact point. I’ll go through it in a little bit of detail in the video below, but the thing I particularly like about Foley in this try is the fact he gets involved on a number of occasions.

I’m paraphrasing here, but the great Mark Ella had a saying about support running that was something along the lines of: “if I touch the ball once in a move, we might score. If I touch it twice we will score and if I touch it three times I will score”.

Foley does just that, cropping up a couple of times in the move. He makes the initial tackle on Tomane, then pops up again on the end of what can only be described as a magnificent run by Skelton who literally skittles Brumbies players out of the way.

His contribution is a perfect example of never giving up, digging deep and keeping yourself in the game. It’s also worth noting that there are no lucky passes, both Horne and Skelton look at who they are offloading the ball to, it’s not just flung in an attempt to keep it alive.

  • Dave

    Great piece on the importance of support players and quick recycle of the ball.

  • Duncher

    .still getting goosebumps from that one…

    • Pclifto

      Agreed. Up there with the best of them! Goosebumps every time I watch it, much like the Kefu try in Ealesy’s last game

  • Mart

    amazing try, it looked like he was too far away and then he puts the jets on. Great determination

  • Phil

    Hope he backs up again like that this Saturday!

  • pem890

    well done Graeme, just shows how much detail you can miss by watching it in real time only – this analysis was totally fascinating to see

  • Daphne Wise

    I’m so glad someone else noticed how much Foley did for that try. When you watch him following big Will and then he realises he has to be there for the pass, you see his head dip, as though he just has to keep going and then just keeps going! Great stuff!

  • Tao Te Ching

    Best try for a long time. Skelton’s pass!

  • DameEdnasPossum

    Cracking try…

  • Parker

    Great job Forbes. I’m getting up there in age so I’m trying hard to keep out of the dead ball area. Nevertheless, the quality of your work has enticed me to give your site a visit.

  • Newter

    Great analysis. Hopefully he’ll come on for the last 20 and blow the All Blacks away. He should be starting.

  • Simon

    Bernard Foley has proved this year he is a champion. To leave him out of the Wallabies starting line up this Saturday is a massive call by Link. I hope KB can cope with the task but think it is unfair to him, the Wallabies and their supporters to make such a drastic experiment in the first test against the might of the All Blacks, noting he has had limited time at No.10 recently. Foley’s energy and determination (exemplified in this try) highlights his quality. Just ask Michael Cheika, the Brumbies and the Crusaders. KB should start in the centres and not at the expense of Nard.


an Englishman living in France, Graeme runs the Rugby Analysis website He coaches in his spare time, is an IRB qualified coach and you can catch him on twitter lazily re-tweeting other peoples comments.

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