Nov

19

 Kicking goals in Rugby Union and trading may have more in common then one may think. As the Australian chosen goal converted Matt Giteau said during the week, "rhythm and authority" are the two crucial attributes in rugby, and not changing your style every time something goes wrong, leads to a high percentage of success. With trading, being able to keep reloading and staying in the game, and having a well thought out "run up," and confidence (authority) staying high due to no rule breaking, i.e good risk reward trading, sets up the platform for success. No doubt lots of traders look for the edge in strategy and keep changing it too frequently, when the platform for success is right before there eyes.

Substituting trading for kicking/kick in the following quotes by Matt makes pretty good sense:

"I think kicking can get complicated at times. But it doesn't need to be. "

"I suppose if you do miss a kick, it's very easy very to fall into a trap and change something straight away."

The 26-year-old has landed 50 shots from 58 attempts in 2008, including 16 straight at one point, at a conversion rate of 86 per cent. "I feel as though I'm striking the ball better and more consistently. That's the biggest thing," Giteau said. "There's been times where I may have kicked well one week and the next week been a little bit inconsistent. "This year, in particular, I've been really pleased with how consistent I've been." Giteau said he hadn't altered his style this year and was merely practicing what former Wallabies kicking coach and good friend Ben Perkins had preached during his stint with the national team. "Rhythm and authority are the two things Ben taught me," he said. "Things don't change a real lot. I think kicking can get complicated at times. But it doesn't need to be. "It's just being consistent and trusting your run-up. I suppose if you do miss a kick, it's very easy very to fall into a trap and change something straight away. "But I think this year I've tried to focus on the same thing each kick and so far it's worked for me."

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