Over the past few weeks, there’s been enormous and varying conjecture on The Roar why the wheels have fallen off the Michael Cheika-coached, Stephen Moore-captained Wallabies, after reaching the Rugby World Cup final and finishing 2015 as the second ranked nation in the world.
“We are not going to suck our thumbs and run home crying to Mummy,” was how Wallaby coach Michael Cheika described his side’s feelings yesterday, after their woeful and record-breaking 42-8 loss to the All Blacks on Saturday night.
Michael Cheika was feared as Randwick’s No.8 during the 1990s – he took no prisoners. So much so, the Galloping Greens won the Shute Shield seven times, with Cheika leading from the front.
After a three-Test shellacking by Sri Lanka, Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner, and skipper Steve Smith combined to lift the Australians back into the winner’s circle in the first of five one dayers, by three wickets.
Rugby is a pretty simple game. But if a team that can’t pass, can’t catch, can’t tackle, and has a dysfunctional scrum plus lineout, then the team is stuffed.
Usain Bolt is responsible for the best, but saddest, quote of the Rio Olympics – “I’m getting old, I’m slowing down, it’s time to get out quick.”