Michael Cheika couldn’t fault the courage of his players after a 20-point loss in the first match of the 2017 Bledisloe Cup, but conceded that the Wallabies need to improve if they are to challenge the All Blacks.
Cheika said in his post-game comments that the Wallabies need to improve their defensive ability and their tackling after conceding 54 points against New Zealand, the highest score ever seen in a Bledisloe Test.
Cheika said the Wallabies “got punished” for their lack of defensive prowess, but also noted that the Cup is not yet lost with two matches left in the series.
Discussion of a Wallabies squad would usually be focused on who didn’t make the cut more so than who did, but coach Michael Cheika appears to have flipped that narrative with the inclusion of gun rookie Jordan Petaia. Petaia has wowed coaches and fans who have tracked his development over the past 18 months and […]
Rugby Australia have confirmed their 31-man Wallabies squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, with coach Michael Cheika lining up a mix of youth and experience while holding onto much of the side that finished second in The Rugby Championship.