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Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Funnies - The Kurtley Beale falcon

Friday Funnies - The Kurtley Beale falcon

It's almost been a week since the incredible test match between the Boks and the Wallabies in Bloemfontein. Who will ever forget the way the game was won, with Kurtley Beale slotting the match winning kick. He will be remembered for another great moment too though, this classic falcon a few minutes from time.

Young Kurtley Beale has been moved around a lot throughout his short career. A star junior, Beale was touted to make the transition as a top class flyhalf. Things didn't quite go to plan though, despite coaches desperate to get a man of his talent on the park.

He's played flyhalf, centre, and now finds himself at fullback, a position he's shone at of late. The man himself says he's just happy to be in the mix. "Wherever I'm needed I'll be more than happy to help out, but at the moment we've got Quade, Berrick Barnes, Matt Giteau and Anthony Faingaa at flyhalf and centre," said Beale.

"I want to concentrate on one position, though. If you get chucked around you don't work on the little things you need to pay attention to."

In the last two tests he's showed his flair, with one break in particular at Loftus Versfeld tearing through the heart of the Springbok defense. It was in Bloemfontein though that we all witnessed this classic falcon (an Aussie term for being hit in the head by the ball).

It led to three points for the Springboks, and high embarrassment for Beale, but the measure of the man was seen only a few minutes later as he stepped to slot the winner penalty from over 50 meters out.

"I didnt know who was supposed to take the kick; I was busy looking for Gits, but hed left the field. But most of the guys wanted me to take the kick, and I knew I had to stick to the process and not worry about the crowd. I hit it well, but I saw it drifting and I had to wait until the touchies raised the flags," said Beale afterwards.

"Its definitely a career highlight. To win a match for the Wallabies, it doesnt get better."

Coach Robbie Deans was full of praise for his side, and for Beale, who he had faith in.

"I knew it was always going to be a good prospect with KB [Beale]," Deans said. "It must have been pretty humiliating to take a ball in the head in front of a capacity crowd, but he showed a lot to nail that kick," he added.

Both are classic moments from a fantastic test match, so this clip captures a bit of both.

Time: 01:08

Posted at 12:41 pm | 19 comments

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Anonymous September 10, 2010 2:19 pm

hehehe

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Anonymous September 10, 2010 2:22 pm

Good vid

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Lane September 10, 2010 2:22 pm

That was classic. Haha.

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Lane September 10, 2010 2:22 pm

That was classic. Haha.

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Kenny September 10, 2010 2:39 pm

That was classic Haha

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Bradders September 10, 2010 2:40 pm

What a douche. He looked quite ashamed afterwards.
The majority of players are wearing blades as opposed to studs, I know guys at my club got TOLD to wear studs to stop them slipping over.

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RamRugby10 June 26, 2012 11:08 am

Bradders... You schmuck. If Kurtley Beale is a douche then there is no suitable word in the English language (that i'm aware of) suitable for describing you... Pull yourself together son.

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ralf September 10, 2010 2:46 pm

Ahahaha...headshot!

Definitely redeemed himself for the many weird mistakes he made that night.

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von September 10, 2010 4:02 pm

@Bradders - are you sure about that? I thought blades were strictly prohibited in rugby...

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Anonymous September 10, 2010 4:03 pm

Didn't he also chuck a pass from the base of a ruck over Gits' head a little earlier. if i recall ball went dead and a 5 meter scrum was awarded to the boks.

Could have been someone else, but if it was him it further highlights his ability to put it all out of his mind come kick time.

if memory serves it'd make for a good addition to the mix.

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Thomas Bangalter September 10, 2010 4:37 pm

Anon above, yeah it was also him that threw the stinker of a pass, he was having a complete mare that night, great to see him come back at the end to stick that kick to make up for all his mistakes, many other players would have let their heads drop if they had had the night he did! fair play to the guy!

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Anonymous September 10, 2010 7:02 pm

lol....boks got pwned!!!

great kick though

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Anonymous September 10, 2010 8:52 pm

i just laughed my head off, this vid made my day, shame on me for not watching the match

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NH September 10, 2010 10:31 pm

Amazing composure to not let his mistakes affect his kick

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moi moi September 11, 2010 1:18 am

Unlucky to slip right at the moment of the pass. Looked so funny the way it hit his head though.

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Lane and Kenny September 11, 2010 7:36 am

That was classic. Haha.

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Anonymous September 11, 2010 12:59 pm

@Bradders he does wear studs idiot. Point is the young man pulled his socks up and had the composure to slot a 56 metre penalty from touch to win the game for the Wallabies with 40 + thousand boers screaming at him a few minutes later.

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NiWiTa September 13, 2010 12:41 pm

he he - he could play for Brazil in the football with a head like that....good grit to keep his concentration later in the match

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Roscoe September 14, 2010 5:02 pm

Bradders, YOU'RE a douche! KB is awesome!

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