Looking for consistency from the hand: Bernard Foley.

Partnership blossoming: Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale (background). Photo: Getty Images

The relief on the face of Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley on Wednesday said it all when inside centre Kurtley Beale completed the side's final training session at home before travelling to Auckland to play the Blues on Friday.

Any doubt over Beale's availability due to an ankle injury in last Saturday's win against the Bulls abruptly abated on Wednesday when Beale ran well at team training, and later leapt high for the ball when it was returned to him during practised cross-kick plays.

And Foley, with whom Beale has formed a formidable playmaking combination, could not hide his high spirits.

"He was moving very well out there … what ankle [injury]? He was good. He was looking good. He was looking quick. It's a very good signs for us, I suppose," Foley said.

Foley admitted he was surprised to see Beale sit out Tuesday's training.

"I said after the game [last Saturday], he wasn't too concerned, but I don't think they knew all that much then," Foley said.

"So for him not to train [on Tuesday] was a bit of a surprise, but he did everything today and he looked back to normal."

The Waratahs have picked an unchanged side for Friday's game.  An extended squad of 24 players was named with nine players on the bench, including Wycliff Palu – one of whom will be cut.

Foley said the absence of fullback Israel Folau until his return from a throat injury last Saturday and doubts over Beale's availability, had helped the Waratahs to adapt to playing without them.

"We have to back the structures we play with and the personnel that get picked when the likes of Israel isn’t there – or 'KB' [Beale]," Foley said.

Foley said Beale's previous experience in the No.10 slot provided the Waratahs with "two voices' in their playmaking brains trust 

"He has been very good in stepping up and taking over that first receiver role and calling plays," Foley said.

"He has come from the background of playing fly-half, his voice and control of the game is something that another fly-half can appreciate."

Foley said the Blues like running with the ball so the Waratahs cannot afford to lose possession.

"We have thrown a lot of caution to the wind and it hasn’t paid off – [with] turnovers, forward passes and offloads that haven’t gone to hand or had the outcome we want," Foley said.

"We are going to tighten it up and be a lot more clinical and execute those plays, rather than go for the all or nothing."

Foley also expects All Black Ma'a Nonu, back from a calf injury, to be dangerous at No.12, despite his patchy Super Rugby form.

"Recent form goes out the window with guys like that because they can come on and ignite something or do the things that only world class players do," Foley said.

Foley also expects half-back Piri Weepu, cleared to play after his stroke and heart surgery, to leave his mark if he  comes off the bench on which he has been named alongside Ihaia West.

"He is a big leader in their side," Foley said of Weepu. "Last week he was running the water and calling the shots from the side.

"But the No.9 they have had – Bryn Hall – has done a great job. He has probably been their most dangerous player in the last couple of games."

Waratahs team: 1. B Robinson, 2. T Polota Nau, 3. S Kepu, 4.W Skelton, 5. K Douglas, 6. J Potgieter, 7. M Hooper, 8. D Dennis (c),  9. N Phipps, 10. B Foley, 11. R Horne, 12. K Beale, 13. A Ashley-Cooper, 14. C Crawford, 15 I Folau. Reserves (one to be cut): 16. TLatu, 17. J Tilse, 18. P Ryan, 19. P McCutcheon, 20. W Palu, 21. B McKibbin, 22 J Lance, 23. M Carraro,  24. S Hoiles.