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Beale challenges Waratahs backs to deliver
April 24, 2014
Beale is challenging his star-studded backline to deliver a polished performance © Getty Images
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Kurtley Beale has challenged the NSW Waratahs' star-studded backs to finally deliver a polished performance and put the Blues to the sword in Friday's Super Rugby showdown in Auckland. The Waratahs are chasing just their second Super victory over the unpredictable Blues at Eden Park in 18 years and Beale admits the onus is on his Test-strength backline to produce the goods.

The Tahs have scored just four tries in their past four games but, in a major boost, Beale will reunite with try-scoring king Israel Folau for only the second time in more than a month after being given the all-clear to play. The midfield playmaker on Thursday admitted he needs an operation to remove a bone spur in his left foot, but is holding off on surgery.

"There's obviously a voodoo there for a lot of foreign players, especially when it's rainy and windy, it's probably not the best place to play," Beale said. "But we've got a really good mindset about getting over there and playing some good footy."

But "good footy" doesn't mean throwing the ball about willy-nilly in hope of prising the Blues' defence open. With New Zealand sides applying sliding - rather than rushing - defence, Beale said it was critical for the Waratahs to be direct in their attack.

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"If you crab across field, they just pick it off easy," he said. "It's going to be crucial for us to square up and try to attack the inside shoulders. That's obviously an objective that we would like to do but it's a matter of getting out there and doing it instead of talking about it.

"The forwards have been laying a really good platform for us backs to attack off so, as a unit, we're pretty focused on a few things we need to concentrate on to actually get out there and take advantage of that go-forward. We're halfway through the competition now and it's a great opportunity now for guys to step up and use their individual brilliance."

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