Kurtley Beale calls for refereeing consistency

‘A couple of years ago that is a red card or a yellow or a penalty’: Kurtley Beale calls for refereeing consistency after Owen Farrell’s controversial tackle in England’s victory over South Africa

  • Kurtley Beale wants consistency from referees after Owen Farrell’s controversy
  • Many thought the fly-half’s hit on Springbok Andre Esterhuizen was dangerous
  • He faced no on-field punishment though as England held on for a narrow victory
  • Australian back Beale wants to see a more universal approach to high tackles

Kurtley Beale called for consistency from referees in light of Owen Farrell’s controversial tackle against South Africa.

The England fly-half escaped any sanction on the field and a citing post-match, but many thought his match-winning hit on Springbok Andre Esterhuizen was dangerous.

Australian back Beale, 29, who played for Wasps in the Premiership wants to see a more universal approach to high tackles.

England's Owen Farrell made a controversial tackle on Andre Esterhuizen at Twickenham

England’s Owen Farrell made a controversial tackle on Andre Esterhuizen at Twickenham

‘I reckon we need consistency,’ he said. ‘It is pretty inconsistent at times. A couple of years ago that is a red card or a yellow or a penalty.

‘If you can have that level of consistency throughout the whole thing. I think clarity will come with that.’ The Wallabies play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, having beaten them 13 times in a row.

Beale made his debut in the 2009 Principality Stadium match, and has won all seven of his Tests against Wales since.

So despite Australia being on a bad run of form – having lost seven Tests in 10 this year – he sent a warning to the Welsh that the Wallabies have more spring in their step.

‘I definitely think there is a lot more to come from us,’ Beale added.

‘The potential in this group is there and now we have to harness that, keep pushing forwards, and not taking a backward step.

‘We need to make sure we’re delivering to the standards we know we can reach.

Kurtley Beale called for consistency from referees and a  universal approach to high tackles

Kurtley Beale called for consistency from referees and a universal approach to high tackles

Farrell appeared to land a no-arms tackle on the Springbok in the last minute on Saturday

Farrell appeared to land a no-arms tackle on the Springbok in the last minute on Saturday

‘I had my debut back here in 2009 and your first cap is always pretty special. You always remember those times, but it’s the opposition you’re up against and the challenge in front of you which brings out the best in you.

‘The Welsh always play an enterprising brand of rugby and that excites me. There is a lot of scope there and as an outside back or playmaker, there are a lot of opportunities to try and pick them off. I’m always exited by the occasion.

‘You want to test yourself against the best players in the world and Wales have that. They have some hugely physical forwards and some dangerous backs up front.

‘I always look forward to a fantastic match.’ And Beale wants a repeat of the Royal visit he enjoyed last year – when he was pictured wearing swimming trunks alongside Prince William in the Cardiff dressing room after the victory in November 2017.

‘It would be nice to catch up with Prince William again,’ he said.

‘I’ve got a pair of Aussie budgie smugglers for him if he comes in the sheds again! I’ve got a few options, he can pick!’ 

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