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Wallabies coach Cheika braced for backlash


Michael Cheika is expecting critics to “put the boot in” after the Wallabies were swept 3-0 by England in their June series but expects a handful of experienced European exiles to boost Australia’s Rugby Championship campaign.

The 44-40 third-test defeat in Sydney on Saturday was a fourth straight defeat for the Wallabies going back to last year’s World Cup final and their next two matches could not be harder — back-to-back tests against New Zealand in August.

Cheika said there would be no compromise over the attacking tactics that saw Australia outscore England 10 tries to nine over the series but lose all three tests.

“I want us to be able to play that type of footy and we can do it without as many errors and that means working harder, being fitter, being more accurate and getting guys to fulfill their potential more,” he told reporters after the match.

“I will always accept full consequences from that style of game. That’s how I’ve been brought up. That’s when I came into coach Australia they wanted the team to play like that and that’s how I want to coach.

“I believe we can keep working on it and be in the situation where we get results and play like that. It hasn’t happened this time, but we’ll keep working at it.”