Kurtley Beale starts against Melbourne Rebels
January 31, 2014
Does Beale's selection mean he is the Waratahs' first-choice fly-half? © Getty Images
Kurtley Beale will start at five-eighth ahead of Bernard Foley for New South Wales Waratahs in their Super Rugby pre-season trial against Melbourne Rebels in Albury on Saturday.
Former Wallabies back-rower Stephen Hoiles, on the comeback trail from a troublesome Achilles injury, will step up his bid for a contract when he starts alongside Beale and two more recruits - Jono Lance and Tala Gray - but Michael Cheika delayed naming his reserves bench. Paddy Ryan is the only player from the Wallabies' end-of-2013 tour in the starting side.
Jacques Potgieter will not face the Rebels, but the South African has finally joined his team-mates from Japan. Cheika wants his side to be the toughest in Super Rugby this year, and marquee signing Potgieter - who stands at 194cm and weighs 115kg - will be appointed chief enforcer, having won three caps for South Africa in 2012 after impressing with his physical and intimidatory approach for the Bulls.
Cheika said at the time of Potgieter's signing last year that he wanted a "no-nonsense, hard and strong ball carrier and tackler" to inject into his forward pack.
"He's a cult hero around the club already," Nick Phipps said. "Everyone is looking forward to him arriving. He's huge ... an absolute wrecking ball. Cheik said he wanted someone like that in the second row. He wants the forwards to be intense and intimidating and physical."
The Albury trial match will be played in quarters, to mitigate against forecast temperatures of 40C, and the Rebels will give their entire squad plus triallists a hit-out - with Scott Higginbotham and Hugh Pyle each returning from shoulder surgery while nine players will make their Rebels debut, including Luke Burgess, Tom Kingston and Lopeti Timani featuring against their former side for the first time. Japan international Shota Horie and former All Blacks centre Tamati Ellison will not feature as they are yet to join the squad following club commitments in Japan.
Waratahs starting VX: Ben Volavola; Peter Betham, Rob Horne, Jono Lance, Matt Carraro; Kurtley Beale, Brendan McKibbin; Tala Gray, Pat McCutcheon, Stephen Hoiles; Will Skelton, Greg Peterson; Paddy Ryan, Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse.
Rebels starting 15 - First Quarter: Tom Kingston; Alex Rokobaro, Lalakai Foketi, Lachlan Mitchell, Joe Kamana; Angus Roberts, Luke Burgess; Scott Higginbotham (captain), Jordy Reid, Sean McMahon; Lopeti Timani, Luke Jones; Laurie Weeks, Steve Foulau, Max Lahiff.
Second Quarter: Tom Kingston; Alex Rokobaro, Lachlan Mitchell, Lalakai Foketi, Joe Kamana; Angus Roberts, Ben Meehan; Scott Higginbotham (captain), Jordy Reid, Sean McMahon; Lopeti Timani, Luke Jones; Cruze Ah-Nau, Steve Foulau, Eddie Aholelei.
Third Quarter: Jason Woodward; Tom Kingston, Tom English, Mitch Inman, Telusa Veainu; Bryce Hegarty, Nic Stirzaker; Lopeti Timani, Scott Fuglistaller, Colby Fainga'a; Luke Jones, Hugh Pyle; Paul Alo-Emile, Pat Leafa, Toby Smith.
Fourth Quarter: Jason Woodward; Tom Kingston, Tom English, Mitch Inman, Telusa Veainu; Bryce Hegarty, Nic Stirzaker; Colby Fainga'a, Scott Fuglistaller, Sean McMahon; Luke Jones, Hugh Pyle; Paul Alo-Emile, Pat Leafa, Toby Smith.
Communication error please reload the page.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has claimed that "someone doesn't like [him]" in a cryptic social media post
Andy Murray has played down comments by his brother Jamie, who said that Scottish tennis chiefs failed to capitalise on his Wimbledon victory by building more courts for youngsters
Sam Warburton will be "fit and available" for Wales' Six Nations showdown against Ireland in Cardiff, says assistant coach Rob Howley
Lewis Hamilton says there is no need to sit down with his team-mate Nico Rosberg and go back over the events of last year ahead of their upcoming title campaign
Giedo van der Garde is taking legal action ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in an attempt to secure one of Sauber's race drives in 2015
After Nemanja Matic twisted his ankle celebrating Chelsea's League Cup win, ESPN runs down some of the game's most ludicrous injuries
How appetising do 160g of protein, 100g of carbs and 60g of fats sound? Paul Butler takes Inside Boxing through his scientifically-managed eating habits
Andre Agassi said this week that Andy Murray plays at his best when he's under pressure - and he will no doubt thrive on what will be an emotional Scotland homecoming when Great Britain take on the United States in the Davis Cup
Is there still a rugby league county championship?
Proposals to remove promotion and relegation from the Aviva Premiership would be for the good of the entire game, argues John Taylor
Amir Khan is unlikely to face Kell Brook this summer as he looks to negotiate a fight with Miguel Cotto in America
Louis van Gaal wants his Manchester United players to cut out the backpasses to David De Gea as frustrations mount among supporters over his side's unadventurous approach this season
Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool's defeat at Crystal Palace in November left him fearing for his job at Anfield
Andre Ward has warned Carl Froch that he will be calling all of the shots over their proposed title unification bout
Emre Can sees his long-term future at Liverpool as a midfielder, but insists he will never be the new Steven Gerrard
Eight years ago, Steve Bunce was offered the chance of buying a 'share' in Tyson Fury, and it would have been a shrewd investment if he had the money
He may try and play down his obsession with his appearance, but Cristiano Ronaldo has apparently been sending a personal stylist to regularly brush up his waxwork model
Who was the 100th man to win a world championship Grand Prix?
Paul Butler tells Inside Boxing he turned down the chance of a trial with Liverpool in order to focus on boxing - and it was the right choice
Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner