Beale left feeling embarrassed

Date published: February 16 2015

Waratahs back Kurtley Beale was left feeling hugely disappointed with the way the champions stumbled in their opening loss to the Force.

So dominant in 2014, the Waraths just couldn't get going on Sunday as they were well beaten by last season's surprise package from Perth.

Outscored four tries to two, the Waratahs were outmuscled and way off the pace, leaving Beale to reflect on what went wrong.

“Part of that big disappointment was definitely how embarrassed I was and I think a lot of us felt, performing the way we did for the fans,” Beale told Fox Sports.

“They’re a big part of what we do at the Waratahs, to put on a performance like that definitely hurts us.

“We’ll be going into this week working a lot harder to get back to playing the way we play, that’s exciting rugby, so in future we don’t disappoint them, and more so ourselves.”

Asked what needs to be improved ahead of a tricky trip to the Rebels this week, Beale believes getting back on track will be simple enough.

“I think it’s easy to turn around, because they’re only small adjustments that we can tinker with,” added Beale.

“A lot of it is to do with our mental preparation, because physically we’ve had the best pre-season we’ve ever had, and [coach Michael] Cheika did that for a reason.

“Right at this time physically I’m feeling OK, it’s more the mental side that I’m feeling, because it’s a very emotional time after a disappointing loss like that.”