Beale calls for extra time in Test Rugby

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:54
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Wallabies centre Kurtley Beale revealed that he will vote in favour of extra time after his side's second Rugby Championship draw against the Springboks in Bloemfontein.

The 23-all draw in Perth was followed by their recent  27-27 stalemate in Bloemfontein.

The two draws left both teams unsatisfied, especially while New Zealand bagged the Rugby Championship title with a 36-10 win over Argentina.

"I think [extra time for Test rugby] is definitely something we got to look into it," Beale said.

"Five-minute break - or maybe a 10 minute break up on the Highveld just to get the oxygen in the lungs a bit,"

"[A draw] is just a dull feeling, isn't it," Beale said.

"There's no proper result, I feel like it's just a bit of a dead rubber kind of thing. It's a lot of mixed emotions.

"Both teams thought they should have won and for the fans, really, it probably would be better for them to get a certain result,"

On the field, Beale was again at his brilliant best in attack, reeling off 82 metres from 11 runs that featured three tackle busts, two linebreaks and five offloads.

Both Beale and Bernard Foley are airborne with ball in hand and the inside centre said the attack was humming at a better level than ever before.

"I've only just been back but there's certainly a very good picture for us," Beale said of the side's attack.

"Our structures are there for us to play expansive rugby - in forwards and in backs.

"I feel like we're progressing, slowly for sure.

"And I think just the experience in big games like this will definitely help our young boys and collectively as a group to get better in those pressure moments so when we do get faced with them later on down the track, we'll hopefully get that outcome that we want."

His defence, it must be said, was not up to the standard he has produced since returning from Wasps, missing three of six tackles, including a critical one on Siya Kolisi which led to a South African try.

Beale's defensive work may have been subpar but Marika Koroibete's was anything but.

"He's pretty deadly," Beale said.

"I've always watched him playing league for the Storm and now to get the opportunity to play with him, you can see why he's such a dominant player - so strong with the ball in hand and defensively very, very strong.

"Still learning the game, the big fella, and a lot of the boys are getting around him and helping him find his feet in the game.

"I certainly think there are a long way and a lot for him to give the game, that's for sure."

Source: @rugbycomau

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