Monday 22 January 2018

Cheika blast for record-breaking All Blacks

Australia coach Michael Cheika (Picture: PA)
Australia coach Michael Cheika (Picture: PA)

Michael Cheika accused the All Blacks of being "disrespectful" after his Australia side suffered a 37-10 defeat in their great rivals' record-breaking Bledisloe Cup victory in Eden Park on Saturday.

Cheika was infuriated after the New Zealand Herald featured the Australia coach dressed up like a clown on the front page of their sport section on Saturday.

New Zealand beat Cheika's side to become the first top tier nation to win 18 consecutive test matches.

"They dressed us up as clowns today. They put our crest on it, so they wouldn't want our comment [about the record]," Cheika fumed when asked to comment on the opposition's achievement.

"I don't think they respect our comment, anyway, so we won't make one."

Julian Savea scored a pair of tries as the All Blacks were made to fight for the victory.

TJ Perenara and Savea both crossed when Australia had been threatening, which effectively took the wind out of the Wallabies' sails as they sought a first win in Auckland for 30 years.

The visitors were also left to rue a controversial disallowed Henry Speight try in the second half when the television official harshly ruled that Dane Haylett-Petty had blocked the chasing Savea.

Australia would have drawn level at 15-15, with a conversion to come, but it proved a pivotal moment as soon after the under pressure All Blacks produced a swift counter-attack that ended with Savea under the posts.

Australia's resistance was broken and Savea added his second try before handing off to Dane Coles just before the line to blow out the final scoreline.

Steve Hansen's men had already wrapped up the Bledisloe Cup, and Rugby Championship, even before their stunning 57-17 blitz of South Africa in Durban earlier this month saw them draw level with the world record for consecutive wins against tier-one opposition.

Irish Independent

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