British and Irish Lions: Kurtley Beale keen to move on from penalty miss in first Test
Last Updated: 23/06/13 12:34pm
Kurtley Beale: Slipped while attempting what would have been a match-winning penalty
Australia full-back Kurtley Beale refused to blame the surface at Suncorp Stadium for his crucial penalty miss in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions.
Beale, came off the bench after an injury to Berrick Barnes, had two chances to win the contest from the kicking tee late on but was off-target with both attempts.
The second, which was taken while time was expiring, saw Beale loose his footing as he attempted to strike a long-range effort, which subsequently fell short and wide of the posts.
Many pointed to the chopped-up turf as a reason for his slip, while others believe he made a wrong choice of footwear. But Beale did not offer any excuses and is keen to move on.
"The ground was a bit loose under the feet but there are no excuses. That's rugby and it's just part of the challenge," Beale said.
"I've played on rugby fields all over the world and the Suncorp last night was no different. It was just unlucky and, hopefully, given the opportunity next weekend, I'll be able to prove myself wrong."
Australia now need to win the second Test at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne to keep their hopes of a series victory alive, and Beale is confident the Wallabies can bounce back.
He added: "I was very confident, but I guess it was just one of those days were the ball didn't bounce our way. (But) we've got a fantastic opportunity to redeem ourselves in front of a really healthy crowd down here in Melbourne."