British and Irish Lions: Robbie Deans keen to discover James Horwill fate

Last Updated: 01/07/13 7:18am

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Robbie Deans: Keen to get back to the action

Robbie Deans: Keen to get back to the action

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Australia head coach Robbie Deans is keen to find out if James Horwill can face the British and Irish Lions in the deciding Test in Sydney so he can focus on preparing his side for the game.

The Wallabies skipper was cleared of stamping on Alun-Wyn Jones in the opening encounter of the three-match series, which the Lions won 23-21.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) subsequently appealed the decision, although the lock was still able to play in Australia's 16-15 Melbourne win in Saturday's second Test.

World rugby's governing body are due set to announce their decision on Monday and Deans admits he is keen to get back to matters on the field of play.

"These hearings are part of the game I guess. When I started my career as a coach, I didn't realise I was going to need a legal background as well!" said Deans.

"It's not something that excites you greatly, but it's an important part of the game.

"We've got a responsibility to the game itself and to the viewing public. It will run its course and then we'll get on with the stuff that really excites these blokes."

The series would already have been settled if Leigh Halfpenny had slotted over a last-minute penalty from the halfway line in Melbourne and Beale admits he felt some sympathy for the Lions full-back.

Beale himself slipped as he took a last-gasp penalty for the Wallabies in the opening game in Brisbane, leaving him well-placed to judge how Halfpenny is feeling.

Massive kick

"I was praying a little bit. I was in the same position last week. It's a big kick, a massive kick, and there's a lot of things going through your head," said Beale.

"He was striking the ball really well and it just fell short by a couple of metres. We were pretty lucky.

"I have a little bit of sympathy with Halfpenny. It was a big ask, but he'd been striking the ball well all series.

"We were just very lucky in the end, but full credit to our guys for sticking to it for the full 80 minutes."

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