Foley plays down laser controversy

Date published: October 5 2014

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Australia kicker Bernard Foley has downplayed the distraction of green lasers in his face for being the reason he missed kicks.

Australia kicker Bernard Foley has downplayed the distraction of green lasers in his face for being the reason he missed kicks.

Foley had two strikes to regain the lead in the 21-17 loss to Argentina, one form far out but another well within his range to the left of the posts, but was unable to make either – not helped by the lasers coming from the Argentine crowd.

Lasers used by fans at Argentina matches have been a slow-burning issue of controversy over the last few years, with Jaco Peyper allowing Aaron Cruden to re-take a kick in last year’s win for New Zealand.

But there was no such option from Nigel Owens this time round, despite Foley bringing the issue to his attention.

“I brought it up with him but what can you do I suppose,” Foley told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“It was a very kickable goal and it was happening all night on all kicks, so you can’t put it down to the last one.

“It shouldn’t be [in the game], but how do you stop them over here? Maybe the re-kick will teach them – but who knows.

“It’s not great but I suppose it’s part of it. It’s not what made me miss the kicks so you can’t draw on it too much.

“It’s disappointing that it’s here and in the game but it wasn’t the reason I missed the kick.”

Foley highlighted the momentum of the crowd behind the Pumas as a key part of their first ever victory in the Rugby Championship, with the Waratahs fly-half adding that they have made strides this year.

“They’ve [Argentina] improved and challenged all the teams, a lot of the games have gone down to the end, but I thought if we were able to hold the ball better, close that game out, it shouldn’t have been us,” added Foley.

“We had no excuses there, we didn’t perform as well as we should have. They were passionate and the crowd really allowed them to get that momentum. That’s probably what we should have been able to nullify.”

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