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Kurtley Beale’s disappointment was obvious when his crucial goal attempt against the Chiefs hit the post with four minutes remaining at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.


Many players who have missed such crucial last minute kicks have beaten themselves up for weeks blaming themselves for the loss. Beale however is a different player.


After he missed the conversion of Lote Tuqiri’s 75th-minute try that had levelled the scores 17-17, the 19-year-old was buzzing from his first experience of such a nail-biting moment.


“I have never experienced anything like that before,” said Beale on RugbyHeaven, who had to put up with the distracting antics of a Chiefs fan wielding a chainsaw during his kicks for goal.


“When I used to kick at Joeys [high school] everyone used to go silent, and that was both teams.


“The boys warned me before the game there is going to be a chainsaw in the back there going off while you kick.


“I was trying to focus on getting the ball over and between the posts.


“But in the end, the wind kind of took it across.


But that is no excuse.” the No.10 said.


“Anywhere you go in New Zealand you are going to have a bit of trouble with the wind.


We go to Dunedin [this Saturday to play the Highlanders], and that is even more windier and more colder there,” he said.


Beale had a disappointing night with the boot, missing two from three conversions and a penalty, but after solid showings in pre-season trials and round one against the Hurricanes, he is eager to be tested again.


“I have to practice more and put myself in different circumstances. If I have to kick the winning goal, I have to be good,” he said.


“I have been wanting to do the goal kicking.


I have always had it there, but sometimes people think it is too much pressure for me.”


Beale doesn’t blame himself for the Waratah’s loss after all they looked little like the team that beat the Hurricanes a week earlier.


He does however feel that he should have kicked more points than the two for the conversion of Sam Harris’s 73rd-minute try. “It wasn’t really the pressure. It was just execution, timing and hitting it in the sweet spot,” Beale said.


Beale’s coach Ewen McKenzie says that Beale is not far from becoming that reliable goal-kicker, he must pray he makes the transition sooner rather than later.


“He is kicking well in training, and transferring that under pressure on the field is a challenge, particularly in the conditions,” McKenzie said.


“He hit the posts in the end.


‘He was zeroing in.


“I am hoping over time he will get those kicks rather than miss them.”

 

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