Beale could be in for a tough year :Carter


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All Blacks five-eighth Daniel Carter has sent a warning out to Kurtley Beale telling him that he could be in for a very tough year. Carter fired the warning off ahead of the Crusaders vs Waratahs final warm up match.

Kurtley Beale will start his second year of Super 14 rugby next week and Carter is predicting that Beale will suffer the same fate as Carter did in his second year.

Carter says that his second year had been his hardest in Super rugby because he was no longer an unknown quantity to his opponents.

Carter and Beale have not faced each other because Carter was part of the ill fated All Blacks reconditioning programme which kept him out of half of the Super 14.

“I was quite lucky. The first two seasons I played all the games and I was playing alongside some really experienced players, like Justin Marshall, Andrew Mehrtens, Aaron Mauger, guys like that, so that made my job a lot easier,” Carter told AAP on Wednesday.

“It probably still took a season. My second year was almost tougher because guys knew who you were by then and they would have analysed (you).

“So that was probably my tough year and it was probably almost my third year where I was sort of a lot more comfortable and could just go out there and concentrate on my game.”

Carter made his Super 12 debut in 2003 and at the time he was just 20. Beale on the other hand was 18 when he was fast tracked last year after Mat Rogers announced his shock departure from rugby on his way back to league.

While Carter has warned Beale about his future, he did have some positive thoughts and expects Beale to have made improvements since last year.

“He would have learned a lot,” Carter said. “I guess to an extent he was sort of thrown in amongst it at some young age and it’s not easy.

“He would have learnt from mistakes and also learnt through experience and it’s only going to help his game and the Waratahs.

“I’ve seen a little bit last year on how he plays and he’s an exciting footballer with a lot of talent.

“I’m sure the more he plays the better he’ll get with experience and (he’ll) get a bit more consistency to his game and he’ll be a quality player.”




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