Beale in doubt for Tahs after rib injury

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    A question mark surrounds Kurtley Beale’s availability for the NSW Waratahs game against the Jaguares next weekend after he suffered a rib injury in their 24-24 Super Rugby draw with the Sharks.

    Beale didn’t play the second half of the game in Durban but wasn’t immediately ruled out of the second leg of their international trip.

    The Wallabies back will travel to Argentina and be assessed during the week in the lead-up to the game in Buenos Aires next Sunday morning (AEDT).

    NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson praised the fight in his side but slammed them for a poor performance after they produced a barnstorming finish for a second straight week.

    NSW led 7-0 after an early converted try to starting half back Jake Gordon but the visitors twice trailed by seven in the second half.

    Both teams scored three tries in a scrappy, mistake-marred match on Sunday morning (AEDT) in which neither side ever led by more than seven points.

    A 76th-minute try to replacement halfback and debutant Mitch Short from a devastating long range counter-attack, followed by a sideline conversion from five-eighth Bernard Foley earned NSW the draw.

    Gibson acknowledged their scrum came under pressure in the second half but felt his tight five did an excellent job.

    However, he was unhappy with the Tahs’ overall performance.

    “I thought we were pretty poor tonight, to be frank,” Gibson said.

    “At times we lacked ball control, we turned the ball over too much and put a lot of pressure on ourselves.

    “We’re not walking away rejoicing at all. We looked at our own performance and had a pretty honest assessment in the changing room and probably know that we need to get much better if we’re going to be competitive in this competition.”

    NSW scored at the death to beat the Stormers in their opening game last week and again showed good fitness and resilience following their sloppy execution through the match.

    “What I am pleased about with the team is around the fight in our team, we don’t give up,” Gibson said.

    The Sharks dominated territory and possession in the first half but were held to 10-10 at the break.

    Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am’s second try pushed them ahead but impressive Tahs captain and openside flanker Michael Hooper then scored a long-distance try from a turnover.

    Five-eight Robert Du Preez raced over 40m to restore the home team’s lead but Short and Foley earned NSW a share of the spoils.

    “We we were able to create a lot and then we seemed to stuff up,” Hooper said.

    “We can be a lot better.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • Roar Rookie

      March 5th 2018 @ 2:45am
      tsuru said | March 5th 2018 @ 2:45am | ! Report

      Gibson must be tempted to rest Beale for the Jaguares. The team didn’t actually play any worse (if that was possible) without him, so maybe he could go with Hegarty at 12. Or bring Newsome to the wing and bring Foketi and Rona in one place each.

      • March 5th 2018 @ 8:17am
        Boonzie said | March 5th 2018 @ 8:17am | ! Report

        I’d like to see Rona in one if kB is out !

        • March 5th 2018 @ 7:08pm
          Cynical Play said | March 5th 2018 @ 7:08pm | ! Report

          Hegarty at 12.

          I reckon no other change to starting back-line.

    • Roar Guru

      March 5th 2018 @ 3:20pm
      John R said | March 5th 2018 @ 3:20pm | ! Report

      Oh no! Not Kurtley!

    • March 5th 2018 @ 7:21pm
      Malo said | March 5th 2018 @ 7:21pm | ! Report

      The jags will be a walk in the park

    • March 6th 2018 @ 9:25am
      Uh oh... said | March 6th 2018 @ 9:25am | ! Report

      If the Tahs lose to the Jags it will be because of Beales injury. Good old media.

      I’d rather Beale be healthy for the Rebels the following week so there won’t be excuses when they lose.

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