Beale in the thick of it on long-awaited Wasps debut
Kurtley Beale scored a try and was sin-binned in an all-action, long-awaited Wasps debut in Sunday's 32-17 bonus-point win over Connacht in the European Champions Cup.
Beale had spent seven months waiting for his first appearance in black and gold after suffering a patellar tendon injury, but it was well worth the wait.
Perhaps in a hurry to impress a home crowd at the Ricoh Arena, Beale showed his class in just the seventh minute, spinning his way through two tackles before reaching for the line to start his Wasps career with a fine try.
Things threatened to turn sour when the Australian was sin-binned for a high tackle on a stooping Niyi Adeolokun, with Jack Carty reducing the arrears from the tee for the Pro12 champions.
After Jimmy Gopperth split the posts, Connacht drew level thanks to a pair of fine bursts from Kieran Marmion, coming off the side of a ruck to consolidate an earlier burst straight through one.
Gopperth's second penalty gave Wasps a slender half-time lead, but they surged clear after the break, Nathan Hughes and captain Joe Launchbury bulldozing their way to the line either side of a competition debut try for Connacht's Rory Parata.
It was fitting that man-of-the-match Beale would have the final say, capping a brilliant quick-ball move with a shovel pass to Josh Bassett, who put the icing on the cake to secure Wasps top spot in Pool 2.
Beale told Sky Sports post-match: "It had a bit of everything. It's great to be back out with lads, after seven months out. It's great to get the win, Connacht are a great team. For us to get that win it's special."