Australia opened the three-Test series with a 39-28 loss to England, who outmuscled and out-thought the home side to claim their first ever Test win at Suncorp Stadium.
Cheika said it was inevitable the Wallabies would get some parts of their game wrong in their first Test in seven months. “We didn’t play well tonight, we’re happy with the result but we didn’t play well”.
“The illusion that an unexpected spot in the World Cup final would usher in a new era of Wallaby dominance across the hemispheres can now be safely removed”, it said.
Australia prop Scott Sio was sin-binned for an infringement at the scrum, before two more Farrell penalties sandwiched Hooper’s second try of the game close to the hour. “Jones must take a another bow”. “I am sure they are all going to be lining up”, he said.
EDDIE Jones has reacted with fury to the “demeaning, disrespectful and disgusting” treatment of England in Australia, saying it will only further motivate the tourists ahead of Saturday’s Test in Melbourne.
Jones is no stranger to media spats in his native country but the notion of an Australian coaching England to a series victory over the Wallabies is clearly a source of potential local friction.
Jones expects the spotlight on his squad to intensify this week, with the series on the line for Australia in Melbourne.
He also was incensed by a “disrespectful” television promotion as well as an offensive question asked by former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles at the post-match press conference.
“Well just see how we pan out”, he told the official Australia website.
But Cheika said when it worked – as it did for the first 20 minutes, when the Wallabies surged out of the blocks before England began capitalising on their astonishing run of penalties – it worked well. I don’t think so at least. We want to win this series and we have got an opportunity on Saturday, so we will be as desperate as the Australians, even more desperate.
A fumble by the Wallabies gave England’s Jack Nowell a try on the bell, giving the Lions a 39-28 win.
It all hinges on if coach Michael Cheika opts to play a traditional No. 8 or persists with two opensides in his back row set-up.
His abrasive forwards nullified the threat of Australia’s mobile back row, his replacement of centre Luther Burrell with flyhalf George Ford after half an hour improved both defence and attack, and Owen Farrell punished Australian ill-discipline nearly unerringly from the kicking tee.
Michael Cheika has said that he won’t make wholesale changes, but he may make one backline change to bring in another playmaker at 12 to release the pressure on five-eighth Bernard Foley.