Beale injured as Wasps reach grand final



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    Wallabies star Kurtley Beale may have played his final match for Wasps after limping off with a hamstring injury in his side’s 21-20 English premiership semi-final win against Leicester.

    Beale, who will return to the NSW Waratahs at the conclusion of the season, helped Wasps reach a first grand final in nine years, but is in serious doubt for the decider at Twickenham next week after limping off early in the second half.

    The 28-year-old, playing at fullback, opened the scoring with a try in the opening period in a thrilling encounter, but Wasps, who will face Exeter in the final, will be sweating his week on the availability of their star player.

    Wasps started strongly with Willie Le Roux and Beale conjuring a sumptuous one-two for the game’s first try and the Wallabies fullback slid home for the score in front of a crowd of 32,000 at Ricoh Arena.

    Jimmy Gopperth added the conversion to his second-minute penalty, leaving Wasps 10-0 to the good inside as many minutes.

    But Leicester fought back to level the scores at 13-all before a penalty from Gopperth gave the home side a three-point lead at the break.

    But after Beale’s early exit, Leicester took the upper hand and Telusa Veianu’s 54th-minute converted try looked to be enough to book their spot in the decider.

    However, in the final two minutes of normal time, Josh Bassett touched down in the corner to finally breach an obdurate Tigers defence.

    Wasps director of rugby Dai Young is desperately hoping Beale will be fit to take his place in the side for the final.

    “He went off with a bit of a hamstring injury, so fingers crossed it’s not something that’s too bad,” said Young.

    “Obviously it’s a tight turnaround. But to me I’m really hoping and fingers crossed it’s not too bad and we can get him out there at Twickenham.

    “It would be a really fitting final game for him.

    “He showed all his quality early on before he went off, he was a real threat every time he had the ball.

    Earlier in the day Exeter stunned European champions Saracens with a try deep in injury time from Sam Simmons in another absorbing affair.

    Defending champions Saracens looked to have won the game when Mike Ellery vaulted over Henry Slade to put his side 16-13 ahead five minutes from time

    However, Slade atoned for that defensive oversight with a stunning kick from 60 metres that bounced on the Saracens five-metre line and found touch.

    From the resulting line-out, Simmons was bundled over the line by the Exeter forwards to seal an 18-16 win and book their second final appearance in as many years.

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (11)

    • May 21st 2017 @ 4:41pm
      cuw said | May 21st 2017 @ 4:41pm | ! Report

      Those 2 matches were effin crazy. Exeter had the upper hand most of the game but the Sarries defense was top class.

      Billy V was rock solid in defense – he basically kep the sarries in the game.

      looks like little boy Farrel is losing his marbles LOL – he really is dislikable DUH.

    • May 21st 2017 @ 9:05pm
      adastra32 said | May 21st 2017 @ 9:05pm | ! Report

      Epic stuff in both games. Next week’s final is going to be a humdinger, with or without Beale. I know he’s Oz so let’s big him up, but Kurtley is one of a number of “star players” in the Wasps team.

      • May 21st 2017 @ 11:51pm
        Neil Back said | May 21st 2017 @ 11:51pm | ! Report

        Another MOTM performance from Launchbury while Wyn Jones lumbers through an injury return loss with Ospreys. Gatland’s picks still emanating the whiff of nepotism.

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          May 21st 2017 @ 11:59pm
          Fionn said | May 21st 2017 @ 11:59pm | ! Report

          Completely right, Neil. How Gatland can overlook the best player in the 6 Nations and the best player in NH rugby since the 6 Nations is beyond me.

          I feel awful for Launchbury, missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime, to tour NZ as part of the Lions because of bias from the coach. After the Lions’ locks are dominated in the first Test I bet he’s flown in ASAP to try and fix things.

          • May 22nd 2017 @ 1:02pm
            Bakkies said | May 22nd 2017 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

            O’Brien pulls out of Leinster’s match against the Scarlets and won’t have another match to warm up in. He is demanding 80 minutes out of these players before they tour but you can’t pull a player from a squad while they haven’t been declared not fit to tour.

    • May 21st 2017 @ 10:37pm
      Bakkies said | May 21st 2017 @ 10:37pm | ! Report

      If he’s ruled out Cheika will have to pick a 12 who can tackle.

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        May 21st 2017 @ 10:53pm
        Fionn said | May 21st 2017 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

        Surely he wouldn’t pick Beale at 12 anyway given his defence?

        It would have to be at 15 or on the bench.

        • May 22nd 2017 @ 2:51am
          Jock Cornet said | May 22nd 2017 @ 2:51am | ! Report

          When will u get that izzy is the 15

          • May 22nd 2017 @ 6:58am
            Fionn said | May 22nd 2017 @ 6:58am | ! Report

            When, and if, he learns to play fullback at an international level.

      • May 22nd 2017 @ 3:28am
        Bakkies said | May 22nd 2017 @ 3:28am | ! Report

        Hooper’s already selected Folau at 15

    • May 22nd 2017 @ 3:30am
      Bakkies said | May 22nd 2017 @ 3:30am | ! Report

      Cheika has another problem at scrumhalf due to Paris’ playoff win they have another match next week

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