Kurtley Beale’s now-infamous slip in the final moment of the Wallabies match against the British and Irish Lions is on everyone’s lips, and the 24-year old is adamant that he will bounce back.
“I have been playing in mouldeds all my life. There’s no superstition about it. It is a game of rugby, everyone wears rugby boots. It was just unfortunate the grass was a bit loose under the feet. I don’t think it will be any different this week,” said Beale.
“There’s no excuses, that’s just rugby. I have played on rugby fields all over the world, and Suncorp Stadium was no different. It was just unlucky, and hopefully given the opportunity next week, I will be able to prove myself again.”
The Rebels playmaker said that he wasn’t concerned about the ground, and was instead focused on his run-up and ball-positioning on the tee.
“I was trying to find a place to put the tee, and to be honest, I didn’t really think about the ground. I was just thinking of my process,” Beale said.
“I was just thinking of me and the ball, and that was it. It was just bad luck there, I guess.”
Wallaby coach Robbie Deans was pleased with Beale’s return to international rugby, praising his performance against the Lions.
“Kurtley was outstanding. It was simply an outstanding return to Test rugby,” Deans said.
“He’s a big part of this team, and he’ll remain that for as long he wants to be, I suspect.”