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Beale looks to leave Waratahs with a bang

Darren Walton 06/05/2011 04:21:34 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne-bound Wallabies ace Kurtley Beale is planning a massive farewell bash from the Waratahs and all NSW fans are invited.

Beale on Friday opened up about just how much it would mean to guide the Waratahs to an elusive Super Rugby title before joining the Rebels next season.

The Waratahs have lost two finals to the Crusaders, the most recent in 2008 after Beale was forced from the field injured with his side leading.

The 22-year-old said he was desperate to finally break the duck in 2011.

"It's a great club and we've been the most consistent club for the last five years and every year now I've loved it at the Tahs," he said on the eve of NSW's crunch match with the Western Force in Sydney.

"They're a good bunch of boys and one key thing about here is everyone plays for each other and we're all striving for one thing and that's the championship.

"I'm not thinking about next year at all. I've got a commitment here to the Tahs til the end of the year and I want to give everything I can.

"Wherever I can help out or whatever I can do, I'm going to back myself to do it for the Tahs.

"Obviously the main focus is trying to get to the final stages, but we can't be thinking about that too much because you just lose track of what's in front of you."

Beale only made the decision a fortnight ago to link with the Rebels on a lucrative two-year deal and admitted settling his future was a weight off his mind.

"It's good to get over that now. It's gone and dusted and I can now focus on ahead with the Tahs," he said.

With his side sitting just outside the top six with seven home-and-away rounds remaining, Beale said the Waratahs could afford no more slip-ups.

"Every game now is like a championship game, a grand final game. We have to win it," he said.

"But we don't want to put too much pressure on ourselves. We know we can do it. It's just a matter of turning up."

NSW trounced the Force 31-3 in Perth in their first meeting this season when Beale lined up at five-eighth.

With Berrick Barnes back in the chief playmaker's role, Beale was relishing the extra freedom he would enjoy on Saturday night at fullback.

"At five-eighth, I felt a little bit congested there," he said.

"There were three players on me at once. Whereas out wide, I can spot (weaker) players from counter (attack) or pop up on the blind or pop inside Barnesy wherever I can.

"With Barnesy back, that's going to help us a lot. He can direct the game and open the game up for us in the end."

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