The Melbourne Rebels won't shift injured five-eighth
Kurtley Beale out of the firing line for the clash with his old
Super Rugby side the NSW Waratahs.
Beale's shoulder "popped out" momentarily during the second
half of his team's 30-13 loss to the Brumbies at AAMI Park.
Worryingly, the injury also occurred twice last year but the
Rebels say they have no concerns about Beale requiring
surgery or being sidelined for a lengthy spell.
"All signs at the moment are that he will be right," said
coach Damien Hill.
"If you play a lot of footy in the front-line you're going to
get tested defensively more often than not.
"There are players with (injuries to their) ankles, elbows,
knees; they all manage them.
"They rarely go into a game feeling 100 per cent - there's
always something they're managing.
"It's just the nature of contact sport."
Hill said he would have brought Beale from the field if
fullback James O'Connor was able to return from a head knock
and shifted him to the playmaker's role.
But Beale won't be moved out of the front line of defence and
replaced by O'Connor against NSW in Sydney on Friday night.
"Not at this stage," said Hill.
Beale started in red-hot form against the Brumbies but faded
as his team failed to make the most of their opportunities
and surrendered a 13-12 halftime lead.
"That's what it boiled down to," Hill said.
"The opportunities the Brumbies had, they took."
Hill said his side was still in the contest until the 55th
minute but injuries to Beale, O'Connor, Scott Higginbotham
and Rory Sidey and a yellow card to Jarrod Saffy ruled out a
"I'm not judging them too harshly," he said.
"There was a lot happening in that time to react to.
"The positive for me was their effort."
With O'Connor a certainty to play, Hill didn't forecast any
changes to the starting 15, although there could be some new
faces on the bench.