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SportGood signs despite Wallabies loss: Cheika

08:55  21 july  2019
08:55  21 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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After a dismal recent run - they have just four wins from their last 16 Tests - the Wallabies wanted to right the ship as they started the countdown to this year's Rugby World Cup.

The defeat to an under-strength Springboks extended the Wallabies' losing streak at Ellis Park to 56 years and threw up more questions than answers.

But Cheika has faith they are tracking okay for the showpiece tournament in Japan, having also experimented with some selections and introduced new elements to a game plan which appeared more direct.

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The Wallabies should have been ahead at halftime after bombing two certain tries while a controversial yellow card to prop Taniela Tupou proved pivotal as the Springboks scored twice in his absence.

"I believe we showed a lot of good signs," Cheika said.

"I know that people may not see that in the result but for what we've been building on, it's the first time we've put some of the things we're doing out on the field.

"I know that the commitment to playing that way, both in attack and defence, is there and that it will build as the season goes on."

The Wallabies' next assignment is in Brisbane on Saturday against Argentina, who pushed also-understrength New Zealand during a 20-16 loss in Buenos Aires.

With just four Tests remaining until the World Cup, a defeat in that Suncorp Stadium clash would not sit well for the Australians.

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Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has backed Michael Cheika in the wake of yet another Bledisloe Cup loss to New Zealand last weekend, saying the coach's players let him down. "He's definitely the best man for the job," Polota-Nau said, describing Cheika as a great motivator who had the right

Cheika said he felt the loss , which has led to calls for his sacking, as deeply as any fan. "I'll tell you now, there's no one hurting more than me The coach, who guided the Wallabies to the 2015 World Cup final soon after his appointment, was confident his long-term plan for the team remained on track.

"The No.1 thing for us now is to get ready and get back to our home ground in Brisbane where we've got a great opportunity to go out there to build on what we did," Cheika said.

"Hopefully we won't give away simple opportunities like we gave away today and convert some more of our own."

After banking their first win on Australian soil since 1983 on the Gold Coast last year, the Pumas will fancy their chances, particularly with the Wallabies' prop injury crisis as James Slipper suffered a head knock to join Tom Robertson, Allan Alaalatoa and Scott Sio in the casualty ward.

Slipper is still a chance to play while Sio is most like to return of the injured trio.

Cheika is likely to rejig his backline, with winger Marika Koroibete, who missed Ellis Park through the birth of this second child, set to replace Dane Haylett-Petty.

Whilst versatile Reece Hodge was good under the high ball and his long kicking game helpful on the high veldt, the Wallabies need genuine wingers.

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AUCKLAND – Under seige Wallabies coach Michael Cheika rejected suggestions Saturday that his position is in jeopardy following a 40-12 loss to the All Cheika said Australia's rugby bosses had not discussed his future with him and he was not worried about his position. When pressed if there was a

Cheika said he felt the loss , which has led to calls for his sacking, as deeply as any fan. The coach, who guided the Wallabies to the 2015 World Cup final soon after his appointment, was confident his "We know if we don't play to the levels we need to and get better and better then we'll be in trouble."

Cheika was happy with halfback Nic White in his first Test in four years and his starting performance would have helped his chances of permanently claiming the backup jersey behind Will Genia.

"Nic marshalled the troops well and we had a lot of quick ball, which he was arranging pretty well with the forwards and making good passing choices," Cheika said.

"I really rated the way he played the game."

Regardless, Brumbies No.9 Joe Powell is likely to get a chance against the Pumas while Christian Lealiifano or Matt Toomua may replace playmaker Bernard Foley in a new halves combination.

Starting his first Test at fullback following the axing of Israel Folau, Tom Banks was solid with his limited opportunities.

But the brilliance and impact of veteran Kurtley Beale off the bench against the Springboks can't be ignored

Cheika wouldn't give away his plans for Beale.

"I don't really have a vision of what his role is going forward," Cheika said.

"He might get a start, he might finish. It just depends on how the selectors get together and decide to pick the team."

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