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Waratahs back Folau happy with his progress

Waratahs back Israel Folau

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Article Published: Tuesday 26 March 2013|

Waratahs back Israel Folau admits that he is still learning the game but says that it is already becoming second nature for him.

The former NRL-AFL player has started in all five of the Waratahs matches including Sunday's 30-27 victory over the Blues.

Folau played a big part in Drew Mitchell's opening try, was solid under the high ball and almost scored what could have been the match winning try.

"I was pretty happy with my personal game and just a few things there that I've got to have a look at and I've got to try and fix up for next week," Folau told Sportal of his performance against the Blues.

When asked what areas of game needed attention he said, "Probably decision making and just that last bit there where I made that break down the side and probably could have given it back on the inside, so I've just got to have a look at it.

"When I had the ball I pinned my ears back and went for it and then I saw the full-back coming across so I tried to slow down and wait for support if there was any behind me.

"And I didn't see any in my peripheral vision so I just tried to beat him one on one and then the support arrived a little bit late, so there's just a few things that maybe I've got to fix up for next time."

Folau said that league and rugby are "similar but different" and said that while he still has to consciously think about what he is doing his new code feels more natural with every game.

"I don't think about it at training, I guess (I'm still thinking) a little bit on the field but it's not a major thing to worry about," he said.

"That's just things that'll come I guess when I keep playing the game," he told Sportal.

"For me personally playing full-back is a lot to do with positioning and then just going into the contact trying to get low otherwise they hold you up and they can steal the ball, just little things like that I've got to try and make it become second nature I guess."

Twenty-three-year-old Folau said that the Waratahs breakthrough against the Blues was a massive confidence booster for the team ahead of their clash against conference rivals the Force next Sunday.

"I think we showed a lot of courage there towards the end to come from behind and get the win so I think as a team we can take a lot of confidence out of this game and move into next week," he said.

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