Super Rugby
Kurtley Beale fails to complete captain's run
August 1, 2014
Kurtley Beale left the Captain's Run early with a shoulder problem © Getty Images

Kurtley Beale failed to complete New South Wales Waratahs' last training session before the Super Rugby grand final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

Beale required treatment for a shoulder complaint midway through the Waratahs' captain's run at Allianz Stadium, but coach Michael Cheika was not concerned enough to tinker with his bench having opted for a six-two split featuring half-back Brendan McKibbin and winger Peter Betham his only backline reserves.

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Cheika, who said the treatment was precautionary, would have included midfield option Jono Lance - the only player in the Waratahs' squad with a Super Rugby title under his belt - on the bench had he considered Beale in any doubt.

Scans cleared Beale of any serious damage, but Waratahs fans still will be sweating on the playmaker being at his best for the decider.

The remember the Waratahs' previous grand final appearance, against the Crusaders in Christchurch in 2008, when Beale broke down early in the second half before the hosts powered home to record a 20-12 victory.


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