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Beale: I went for intercept

2010-03-08 11:08
Kurtley Beale (File)
Sydney - Kurtley Beale is adamant he did not deliberately knock down a pass to prevent the Sharks scoring a match-winning try against the Waratahs in the dramatic finale to Saturday's Super 14 fixture at Sydney Football Stadium.

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The Waratahs held a 25-21 lead with three minutes to go when Beale got a hand on a pass from Sharks' fullback Stefan Terblanche to No 8 Ryan Kankowski, who had a clear run to the tryline.

Referee Paul Marks sent Beale to the sin-bin for deliberately knocking the ball down, but the official ignored pleas from Sharks' players to award a penalty try.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Beale's desperate action could prove to be a significant moment in the Waratahs' season, as his side held on to grab a crucial victory.

"I just saw it was two-on-one and tried to go for the intercept and hit the ball up," Beale told The Daily Telegraph of the moment that saw him sent to the sin-bin for the first time in his career.

"I was a little anxious and frustrated, but the boys dug deep and hopefully we can learn from that," said Beale.

Beale's emotions turned to excitement and relief at full-time.

"If I hadn't hit the ball up, it was going to be a try and it would have been a totally different story," he said.


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