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Beale plans to 'pop up' and hurt Blues

By Darren Walton 25/03/2010 06:32:13 PM Comments (0)

Kurtley Beale plans to maximise his licence to thrill when the NSW Waratahs set about shooting down the scattergun Blues in Saturday night's pivotal Super 14 clash in Sydney.

After four weeks warming the bench, Beale - along with classy outside centre Rob Horne - has been recalled to the NSW starting line-up at fullback, with Waratahs coach Chris Hickey intent on beating the Blues at their own game.

While they can be erratic, the Auckland-based Blues are one of the most dangerous sides in the competition on their day, as evident last round when they piled on 29 second-half points to tame the Brumbies 39-34.

But rather than formulating a strict defence-oriented game plan to try to blunt the Blues' attack, Hickey has promoted Beale and restored the fit-again Horne to combat the Waratahs' free-running opponents.

"Both players certainly offer us a lot in attack and certainly playing against a side like the Blues, who are a very strong attacking team themselves, you've got to have a strong attack focus," Hickey said on Thursday.

After making his Wallabies debut at fullback on last year's spring tour, Beale opened the Super 14 season at inside centre for NSW.

With Berrick Barnes and Daniel Halangahu forming a strong midfield combination, Hickey is now hoping Beale will enjoy the added freedom behind the backline.

"Positionally, he's got a role to play at fullback and that's really important that he fulfils those responsibilities first and works well with our wingers as part of that back three," Hickey said.

"But then Kurtley is a player who has the opportunity to see where the space is and he's got the ability, the speed and the footwork, to get into that space.

"So it's a matter of looking for those opportunities and being aware of them and I think that's a real strength in Kurtley's game.

"But we're not expecting for him to go out and pull off three miracle plays or anything like that."

Pledging to "pop up every now and then" to serve as a third ball distributor, Beale is clear - and confident - about his new role.

"I don't want to take too much control from Hangers and Barnesy because they do it so well," he said.

"I've been in that position playing inside, so I know what I want from my outside men and me being an outside man this Saturday will hopefully help the team.

"I'll come up, try and exploit the blindside. The Blues have been vulnerable there over the last couple of weeks and hopefully I can see that opportunity."

Beale admitted his relegation to the bench - after the high of a Test debut at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium - just three months earlier - forced an attitude change.

"I had to work on that and also just some skill aspects of the game," he said.

"I'm very happy to play anywhere in the team ... it's just a thrill to be back."

Hickey said Beale's newfound maturity had been evident during his month on the outer.

Although the Waratahs look comfortably placed in fourth position on the table, the ninth-placed Blues - who have a game in hand - could catch them with a second straight bonus-point win.

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