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Just how bad will the Rugby Championship be for Australia?

Who will Michael Cheika take to Japan? (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
22nd July, 2019
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Australia’s Rugby Championship campaign couldn’t not have possibly started any worse, with an error-riddled performance leading to a 35-17 loss to a Springboks side missing some regular starters.

From the minute Herschel Jantjies crossed early in the piece, the Wallabies were on the back foot as they struggled to contain the South Africans, extending their horror winless run in Johannesburg to a 56th year.

With Argentina pushing the All Blacks all the way in Week 1’s other fixture, the uncompetitive nature of the loss doesn’t bode well for Australia going forward.

We were joined by Roar rugby expert Brett McKay on the Game of Codes podcast to dissect just where it went wrong at Ellis Park and just what hope Michael Cheika’s team has of even winning a game.

Listen to the discussion:

One point of contention that emerged from the match was a yellow card shown to Taniel Tupou. We tackle whether it was the right call, as well as what selection changes Cheika should be considering for the upcoming Pumas Test.

Visit our Game of Codes hub to catch the full episode and be sure to subscribe and review on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever else you’re listening.