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Beale not dwelling on miss

23rd June 2013 12:15


Kurtley Beale slipping in Australia v Lions first Test

Slip: Kurtley Beale

Australian back Kurtley Beale has moved on from his two late misses in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane.

Beale slipped as he ran up to take the last-minute penalty attempt that would have clinched victory for the Wallabies, but the replacement refused to blame the surface at Suncorp Stadium.

The attempt was the second of two kicks for Beale in the final ten minutes, with his first shot much closer to the posts but falling wide to the right.

The Wallabies now trail 1-0 in the Test series before facing the Lions again in Melbourne next Saturday.

Having recently returned from some time away from the game to address his off-field issues, Beale said he felt confident ahead of both strikes but that all of the team's focus was now on bouncing back.

"The ground was a bit loose under the feet but there are no excuses. That's rugby and it's just part of the challenge," said Beale.

"I've played on rugby fields all over the world and the Suncorp last night was no different. It was just unlucky and, hopefully, given the opportunity next weekend, I'll be able to prove myself wrong."

"I was very confident, but I guess it was just one of those days were the ball didn't bounce our way. (But) we've got a fantastic opportunity to redeem ourselves in front of a really healthy crowd down here in Melbourne."