Beale in doubt for Waratahs clash with Blues

The Waratahs have set themselves the target of securing their first victory at Eden Park in Auckland in five years and they may have to do it without Kurtley Beale.

Fullback Beale sat out of Waratahs training on Tuesday with an ankle injury and the medical team do not know yet whether he will be fit to play on Friday.

The Waratahs have given Beale a 70-30 chance of playing against the Blues and he is expected to train with the rest of his team mates on Wednesday.

The Blues have made a disappointing start to the 2014 Super Rugby season and coach John Kirwan is coming under pressure after the failure of Benji Marshall but statistics suggest that the Waratahs will be lucky leave Auckland with a win this week.

The Waratahs have won just seven of their 18 matches against the Blues overall and there record in Auckland is awful as they ave not won in Sydney since March 2009 and that was their only victory in Auckland in 8 visits.

In 2011 the Wartahs played the Blues twice as they met in the regular season and in the Elimination play off and the Waratahs lost both matches.

Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan said that the fact that the match is on Anzac day makes it a special match and they will be up for it.

“The important thing for us is we’ve had one away win so far and we need to get two,” Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan said.

“It’s a big game for us: it’s on Anzac Day, it’s at Eden Park – one of the holy homes of rugby. It’s a really special game.”

“The boys will be up for that whether they had a five-day turnaround or an eight-day turnaround.”

Even though the Blues have the poorest scrum success rate in the competition Ryan says they will be a big challenge up front.

“They’re really strong up front and have used their scrum as a real weapon this year, so it’s a big challenge for us and we’re really excited by it,” Ryan told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“These are the kind of front-rows you want to be playing against.”

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