Beale dreaming of another Bloem miracle

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:00 AM Kurtley Beale insists a win for the Wallabies in Bloemfontein is vital to ensure the team's positive momentum keeps rolling on.

Beale was the hero the last time Australia played a Test match at Vodacom Park, booting the winning penalty goal after the siren to seal a euphoric 41-39 victory over the Springboks in 2010.

It was the first win at altitude in South Africa for the Wallabies in 54 years and one of their greatest overseas results of the modern era.

"I've never hit a ball so sweetly," Beale told reporters after touching down in Johannesburg ahead of their clash with the Springboks on Sunday morning (AEST).

"It felt great, coming off the boot.

"There are some good memories there, especially in the sheds afterwards.

"As soon as it went over I was swamped by the boys - we had some special milestones as well that night with (Stephen) Moorey and Drew Mitchell playing their 50th.

"It was a pretty special moment for me and for the team, and it helped build momentum into that year.

"And it turned out to be a pretty good year for us."

Beale said another triumph in South Africa would do wonders for a team that appears to have turned a corner in their past three matches, having recovered from a wretched June and a poor start to the Rugby Championship.

Michael Cheika's men came close to a miraculous upset against the All Blacks in Dunedin, drew with the Springboks in a tense Perth armwrestle, and then outclassed Argentina in a 45-20 win in Canberra two weeks ago that proved what's possible when their attacking structure clicks.

"Getting a win over here is one of the toughest things in Test match rugby," Beale said.

"If we get this win, it's going to put us into a really good position to build momentum into the season.

"I think it's just a matter of making sure we start well and that we're doing it - not waiting for a halftime speech or a bit of a kick up the backside by the senior players.

"Everyone's just got to make sure we start from when that whistle goes and take that confidence that's definitely been building."

Source: AAP






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