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Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell reveals he watched video tapes to find out what was going wrong from the tee
Owen Farrell revealed he has been watching videos of himself kicking last year in an attempt to rediscover his form from the tee.
The fly-half has struggled with the boot recently, most noticeably at Wembley two weeks ago where he missed four first-half penalties before being substituted against Leicester Tigers.
But the 21-year-old bounced back in style yesterday notching six out of six to fire his side to an 18-16 victory over Harlequins.
And Farrell explained how he turned to the tapes to get to grips with the problem.
“We have a brilliant kicking coach here in Dan Vickers and I went through things when I was kicking well last year and compared it with how I kicked at Wembley,” he said.
“I saw some differences and I put them right and made sure I practised enough that I was comfortable with it going into these games.
“They were only little changes, nothing too big.”
Coach Mark McCall had said after the Leicester match that Farrell hadn’t had enough practice because of a niggling groin injury, a sentiment Farrell agreed with.
“I hadn’t practised as much as I wanted to before Leicester and that doesn’t excuse how badly I kicked at Wembley but I just stuck to what I knew and I made sure that I practised enough," he said.
“I felt more confident going into these games and I thought I’ve been kicking well in training so there’s no reason why I couldn’t do it here.”
McCall threw his support behind his number 10 and insisted he never had any doubts he would bounce back.
He said: “Obviously Owen kicked his goals superbly today.
“He came into this game under a little bit of pressure from the media but Owen was always going to come good – he’s got a great temperament, he’s a very good international player so we had no real doubts about him.”