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Wallabies try to lift Beale’s spirits

AFP-JIJI

Australia captain James Horwill assured Kurtley Beale that the team “still loves” him after his dramatic late penalty misses cost the Wallabies a famous victory over the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

Horwill said he told Beale to put the mistakes out of his mind after he pushed one penalty wide, and then slipped on the run-up to a straightforward kick in the dying seconds. The Lions edged the win 23-21.

“I spoke to him and said, ‘Don’t worry about it, these things happen and you’ve just got to get on with it,’ ” Horwill said. “Everyone in the team still loves you so just get on with it and get back next week.”

Beale’s misses will be an unfortunate talking point from the first test after he forced his way into Robbie Deans’ side and had an immediate impact after coming on for the injured Berrick Barnes.

Beale, who has undergone treatment for alcohol-related problems in recent weeks, took over kicking duties from the wayward James O’Connor and slotted two kicks in assured fashion before the gremlins set in.