Beale unsure if he'll be at 10 again

Date published: August 18 2014

Wallabies pivot Kurtley Beale is unsure if he will start at fly-half in Saturday's clash against the All Blacks in Auckland.

Wallabies pivot Kurtley Beale is unsure if he did enough to retain the number 10 jersey for Saturday's clash against the All Blacks in Auckland.

Beale selection – ahead of Waratahs team-mate Bernard Foley – at fly-half divided Wallabies supporters before and after the 12-12 draw in Sydney.

And even Beale admits that he doesn't know if he will get a chance to line up as the first-choice number 10 at Eden Park this weekend.

''I'm still a little bit confused,'' he said shortly after the Sydney Test.

''It's just a bit weird. It was a draw. We had a lot of the ball, threw lots of shots at them, and just didn't get the points that we wanted, which is disappointing.”

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie kept his cards close to his chest when asked who will line up at fly-half for the Wallabies in Auckland.

''The selection process remains the same every week,” he told Rugby Heaven on Sunday.

“The coaches have been looking at it this morning and I theorise about selection from the moment the game finishes, but if I fielded the team that I pick straight after the game, it would be a very different [team] to the one that actually takes the field.

''You have to remove the emotion and look at it and pore over the video and have a look at what actually happened.

''The more changes you make, the more combinations you put at risk. There are some things there we've been working [on] for a couple of weeks now, that we'll need to have a good look at.

“But changes we make will have to be based on the tactical side of it, because the injury side of it is looking OK.''

McKenzie was defiant over his controversial decision to start with Beale instead of Foley in Sydney.

''One thing I've learned in this business is if you just coached to popular opinion you'd be changing 13 players every week and it would be the most erratic team selections going around,'' he said.

''The beauty we have is we spend 24-7 with the players. What you see is only one-fifth of what they do. We know exactly where they're up to and we know a bit about their mentality and what they can bring.

“So out of all that you select teams, and you have to be consistent about that.

''People will never understand the entirety of it. I can see that in the commentary. People only look at the really simple things, but there's so many subtle things that players bring to a table.

''We're picking teams to win games. We're not picking it for any other reason.''