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Thu Apr 24 01:44:33 SAST 2014

Don't blame Beale, says Genia

TEAMtalk Media | 19 August, 2012 13:340 Comments
Australia v New Zealand: The Rugby Championship
Will Genia of the Wallabies jumps for a high ball during The Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match between Australia and New Zealand at ANZ Stadium on August 18, 2012 in Sydney, Australia
Image by: Matt King / Getty Images

Wallabies vice-captain Will Genia says it would be unfair to single out fullback Kurtley Beale for criticism after Saturday's loss to the All Blacks.

Beale had a nightmare first half, coughing up possession a number of times and missing the tackle that allowed Israel Dagg's opening try.

But Genia leapt to the talented full-back's defence, insisting that everyone has bad days at the office.

"Kurtley is disappointed as much as everyone else is," said Genia.

"He made errors but we all did. They all compounded to put us under pressure. Obviously it was uncharacteristic from Kurtley and you can comfort him but it is a group effort. We all made mistakes and we're all disappointed.

"The second try they scored they shouldn't have scored, it was just lazy," he added.

"We didn't take width in defence early, we shouldn't get beaten on the outside like that and miss that one-on-one tackle.

"That's just I think a poor effort."

The Wallabies didn't offer much on attack in Sydney, prompting calls for the recall of unpredictable fly-half Quade Cooper ahead of Berrick Barnes.

But coach Robbie Deans seems unlikely to rush into any changes.

"We'll make that decision at a later date," said Deans.

"Berrick did pretty well under the circumstances, kicked superbly. We weren't quite able to secure enough momentum to make his job easier. When we did, he profited.

"Give [New Zealand] credit, they put us under pressure but it was really the unforced errors that really created the field position pressure, and I guess missed one-on-one tackles and set-piece tries, they shouldn't happen at this level," Deans lamented.

"We spent too much time in our own half and then tried to play too much rugby at that end as well and you can't do that against these blokes.

"We'll definitely be better next week, without a doubt.

"We showed when we did produce some pressure we got a return but the problem is every time we got in the 22 the All Blacks were conceding penalties, so they were allowing the scoreboard to turn over by three whereas when they got down there they were turning it over by seven, that was the big difference."

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