Wallabies must find killer instinct: Cheika

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    Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says his team need to develop a killer instinct after watching another potential victory go begging.

    The Wallabies were on track for their first victory of this year’s Rugby Championship after shooting out to a 20-10 lead against South Africa in Perth on Saturday night.

    But with the Wallabies’ scrum and line-out misfiring, South Africa piled on the next 13 points to surge to a three-point lead.

    A 71st-minute penalty to Bernard Foley and some resolute defence at the death saw the Wallabies escape with a 23-23 draw in front of 17,528 fans at nib Stadium.

    But the game will be remembered as another lost opportunity; coming just a fortnight after the Wallabies coughed up a 17-point lead in a 35-29 defeat to the All Blacks in Dunedin.

    Cheika was proud of his team’s effort against the Springboks, but said some concentration lapses cost them dearly.

    However, the coach remains confident it won’t be long before his group develop a knack of nailing the clutch moments.

    “It comes with that little bit more time and trusting each other together,” Cheika said.

    “There are a lot of newer players within a newer leadership team.

    “Now we’ve got a bit of stability around the group. I’m pretty comfortable with our group of players.

    “There’s the odd player here or there that might come in or out. But they’ll grow together as time goes on now.”

    The Wallabies will face another stern test when they take on Argentina in Canberra next Saturday.

    Captain Michael Hooper said his side weren’t satisfied with merely escaping with a draw against South Africa.

    “I don’t think it’s a gutsy performance. That suggests we’re just hanging in there,” Hooper said.

    “Around that 20-10 mark, we didn’t put the foot on the throat.”

    Former skipper Stephen Moore will return for the clash with Argentina after missing the Springboks Test to stay in Brisbane for the birth of his third child.

    Back rower Sean McMahon will be assessed after copping a heavy cork to his leg.

    Cheika believes he can quickly fix the line-out issues that surfaced against South Africa.

    And he said the scrum would be another area he looks at closely in the coming week following inconsistent displays in the past two games.

    © AAP 2018

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    • September 10th 2017 @ 7:02am
      Tooly said | September 10th 2017 @ 7:02am | ! Report

      Chekko must take full responsibility for his selections , his game plan and the composition of the side . He has promoted Robertson , Hanigan , Dempsey and Ulese far beyond where their ability extends this makes the job of everyone else harder . Every player must be able to do the job demanded by the number on his back including Hooper .

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      September 10th 2017 @ 7:20am
      Boosho said | September 10th 2017 @ 7:20am | ! Report

      If Quade had of done that at the start the lynch mob would be out!! The double standard in this setup and the broader AU rugby fan base sickens me to the core.

      Also, I am so sick of the little bunny boy Hooper repeatedly bouncing off bok players. The kid is a joke. No wonder we couldn’t find the killer blow at the end, the bok forwards were fresh as daises after being beaten with foam batons all game!

      And one last thinig, Phipps!!! That last pass to Samu?? Give me strength! Facepalm.

    • September 10th 2017 @ 8:27am
      MH01 said | September 10th 2017 @ 8:27am | ! Report

      Time to select players that are upto standard. The tah back row at the end is a joke. Cheika is not the waratah development manager .

      It’s disgraceful that not a single red was in the run on team. And I’m not a reds fan.

      Hannigan is a Joke at this level.

    • September 10th 2017 @ 9:09am
      James Mathers said | September 10th 2017 @ 9:09am | ! Report

      OK. A little unusual however Cheika needs to have a look at himself, his demeanour and appearance. His unshaven look makes him look like a homeless man. He needs to be a leader, a man of stature not just another one of those!!
      Hooper could also do with a makeover! Haircut and socks up!!

      • September 10th 2017 @ 11:40am
        Dean said | September 10th 2017 @ 11:40am | ! Report

        U my friend sound like a spoilet private school boy with a comment like that . Need a shave to be respectable . A man with stature not just another one of those .? Then hopper needs a hair cut and socks up ??Cmon !! People like u are the problem with the game in this country

        • September 10th 2017 @ 12:57pm
          James Mathers said | September 10th 2017 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

          Dean
          You are right. I am a private school boy and I’m grateful for that. I can also spell .
          I have expressed an opinion and I think I’m right.

          • September 10th 2017 @ 4:24pm
            Fionn said | September 10th 2017 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

            You might be able to spell, James, but you do understand that full stops come immediately after the end of a word, and not following a space, right?

            • September 10th 2017 @ 5:30pm
              James Mathers said | September 10th 2017 @ 5:30pm | ! Report

              Yes. Big thumbs, big heart, private school boy who isn’t intimidated by bogans!

        • September 10th 2017 @ 12:57pm
          James Mathers said | September 10th 2017 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

          Dean
          You are right. I am a private school boy and I’m grateful for that. I can also spell .
          I have expressed an opinion and I think I’m right.

          • September 10th 2017 @ 1:53pm
            Smyth-Borthwick III said | September 10th 2017 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

            There’s an echo of assumed privilege…

        • September 10th 2017 @ 4:36pm
          Jacky said | September 10th 2017 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

          No Dean you sound like you may be just as big a grub as Cheika looks

      • September 10th 2017 @ 4:18pm
        Jan said | September 10th 2017 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

        Perhaps Cheika considers his look as designer stubble , not homeless

    • September 10th 2017 @ 9:17am
      Rugnut said | September 10th 2017 @ 9:17am | ! Report

      Chieka IS the clown of rugby. What’s worse is we continually roll up to watch him fail in performance. But it is NEVER his fault. It is either the team or the ref or even the team maturity and killer instinct.

      Bring back Gil and Pocock urgently. Find a better 9 & 10, put Folau on the wing or drop him.

      Thumbs sore

      • September 11th 2017 @ 8:46am
        PiratesRugby said | September 11th 2017 @ 8:46am | ! Report

        Are Foley, Hanigan, Phipps, Dempsey and Robertson really the best we can produce? I can’t even believe they’re the best the Waratahs can produce. And what is Hooper’s record as captain now?

    • September 10th 2017 @ 9:42am
      Jacky said | September 10th 2017 @ 9:42am | ! Report

      I can’t help but think Folau may be a bit timid at one point last night he attempted to toe the ball forward under pressure instead of diving on it to secure possession I believe that the result was a Bok try.He has average ability under the high ball when compared to the top fullbacks around the world and often seems to be taking it easy.Hooper is very energetic around the field but does seem to be bullied by the larger players maybe we need to get Gill back or play McMahon at 7.Robertson is not up to test standard in the front row and Hannigan is too light and not ready for this level when we have big strong players like Haylet Petty and Higgers being ignored.Have not seen enough of Dempsey to know if he is up to the mark.Cheika’s methods in my opinion have undermined the confidence and set back quite a number of players who under different coaches have performed much better in the past.I would put Quade Cooper at the top of that list along with Higgenbotham and others like Gill have given up and gone overseas as is McMahon at the end of this year.There are probably many more in the same boat who can not see selections being made on merit.

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        September 10th 2017 @ 11:50am
        PeterK said | September 10th 2017 @ 11:50am | ! Report

        no it wasn’t a try, folau got back and made a try saving tackle just before the tryline

        you lose all credibility when you say he has average ability under the highball.

        Look at restarts , how often he gets there and gets the ball back form the opposition, did it against nz and boks and in june tests.

        McMahon was bullied even more than Hooper, McMahon did less at the ruck, ball carrying and tackling than Hooper

        agree about other players

        • September 10th 2017 @ 2:28pm
          Jacky said | September 10th 2017 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

          My point about Folau is when he is compared to other fullbacks from around the world he is average.Adam Ashley C put more pressure on than Folau from restarts and in any case our Wallaby restarts on the whole are pretty average

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