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Sharpshooter Folau a natural kick: Sheedy

Rob Forsaith 26/06/2011 07:00:41 PM Comments (0)

Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy is confident star recruit Israel Folau has the makings of a deadeye dick in front of goal.

Folau's productive spell in GWS's forward line continued on Saturday with a career-best five goals in a 130-point win over Belconnen in a country competition.

The result was the Giants' greatest winning margin since inception, although it did come against a side that has only one win for the NEAFL season.

Code-hopper Folau floated between centre-half forward and full-forward alongside youngster Josh Bruce (six goals), clutched a series of marks and finished with an accurate haul of 5.1.

Sheedy says Folau's all-round game is improving with every match, but it's his kicking that has made a real impression.

"He kicks straight. He's a very straight kick," Sheedy told AAP.

"Some people are natural at doing things, I think he's a natural kick to be honest.

"5.1 and the other one just missed too, so he has been going really well from that point of view."

Folau was shifted forward last month, after starting his maiden Australian Rules season in defence, and it's proven to be a masterstroke.

The 22 year old has looked more comfortable on-field and is reportedly enjoying life a lot more off it - rumours of a move back to rugby league have seemingly been scuppered.

Folau played at wing and centre in the NRL, meaning the drop punt was a superfluous skill until 2011.

Sheedy has been impressed with Folau's approach to what supporters and detractors agree is an incredibly steep learning curve.

"He's learned to kick quite well, very early, without being shown everything about how to kick," he said.

"He's picked up the cues very quickly. That's where he's quite a talented young person.

"A lot of people struggle to relax in front of goal. He got goals (on Saturday) from half volleys, ground level, and marks - which was good.

"He's starting to take marks out front and get used to what a forward does, when to run, re-leading."

Folau's next challenge will be a trip to Darwin, where the Giants face the undefeated Northern Territory Thunder.

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