Beale not named for Tahs’ Super Rugby semi

NSW Waratahs playmaker Kurtley Beale has been left out of the side named to face the Highlanders in Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final in Sydney.

Beale has been battling a quadriceps injury, only managing a brief jog on Thursday at training.

His place has been taken by Matt Carraro, a last-minute replacement for Beale in the final regular-season game of the year against Queensland.

The Waratahs released a statement a couple of hours after Thursday’s session to say Beale had not been able to complete the tasks set for him at training.

It’s believed Beale was initially expected to have a couple of fitness tests leading up to the match, but this latest setback looks to have ruled him out of the clash with the Otago-based Highlanders.

“He had a little runaround today and it might be a precautionary thing he held off that last bit,” said Waratahs lock Will Skelton.

In some good news for the defending Super Rugby champions, Rob Horne looks to have overcome a calf injury, with the speedster training strongly and has been named on the wing.

Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps is tipping an expansive game against arguably the most-exciting team in Super Rugby.

“They are a bit like us, they like to throw the ball around and have a crack and it should be entertaining for the crowd to come and watch,” he said.

NSW Waratahs: Israel Folau, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Carraro, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Jacques Potgieter, David Dennis (capt), Will Skelton, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Res: Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Mitchell Chapman, Stephen Hoiles, Patrick McCutcheon, Brendan McKibbin, Jono Lance, Peter Betham.

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