Foley: I owed them

Date published: October 19 2015

Bernard Foley believed he owed it to his Australian teammates to slot the match-winning penalty in the quarter-final against Scotland on Sunday.

The fly-half missed his first three attempts at goal and aside from one break, he was fairly blunt on attack. Foley's woes continued when his kick was charged down, leading to a Scottish try in the corner.

However, the Waratahs pivot made up for it all by slotting an 80th minute penalty, which sent the Wallaby's into the semi-finals at the expense of a gutted Scotland team.

"I was thinking I owed the team after getting that kick charged down," said the 26-year-old.

"It was a bit of 'let's make up for it and think of the job at hand and back yourself to hit it sweetly'. It was the best hit I did all night."

Foley then heaped praise on the rest of the team for showing great character in the last-gasp one point win. 

"We talk about this World Cup as the biggest thing we'll ever play in and, for me, it's exactly that," he added.
"To keep us in the tournament, to find a way to win, it shows character of this side, and all the hard work and belief and detail we've put in leading into the tournament.

"We haven't left any stone unturned in what we've done in the lead-up and staying alive in the tournament is a god's blessing and we want to go on with it."

Australian coach Michael Chieka explained the decision to keep Foley as the kicker despite him having slotted zero from three in the opening stanza.

"I spoke with the kicking coach, Chris Malone, and he had a very clear methodology around the decision making going forward and that criteria was met and Bernard stayed on as the kicker," said Cheika.

"These things happen in a game and you've got to hold your nerve. You can't panic every time something doesn't go right. You've got to have a criteria as to what you do decide."

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