Rugby Championship

Wallabies haven't turned the corner yet - Cheika

2016-09-13 21:58
Michael Cheika (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Australia coach Michael Cheika says his team is not out of the woods yet despite their narrow victory over South Africa which broke a six Test losing streak.

The Wallabies managed a 23-17 win over the Springboks in Brisbane last Saturday but Cheika warned they were still some way off from being the finished article.

Australia face Argentina next in what might not be such a straight forward contest as it once was.

"I think it's only a fair comment that the quality of our football wasn't at top level on the weekend and we just got by, with improvement, but not top level," Cheika said.

"Just because we won last week doesn't mean the issues are gone away either, you want to keep improving every week."

Cheika said winning always helps the team psychologically but they still needed to work hard to make sure they were ready to cope with the questions Argentina would be asking of them.

"I'm keen for us to play a bit better," Cheika said. "Some of our option taking [could be better]. When we had opportunities to attack maybe we took not necessarily a kick option, but an option where we hesitated. We didn't just shift the ball into the space and take it. [There was] a little bit of indecision. It was definitely improved from the weeks before and that's something we'll be looking to improve again this week."

Cheika hinted that the Wallabies could field another two debutants, with prop Tom Robertson and second-rower Lopeti Timani in the frame to be selected for the Argentina match.

"He has definitely has been [one of the finds of the year]," said Cheika of Robertson. "I saw him in the under 20s at the Waratahs when I was coaching there so I didn't think he'd be through as quick. He's just managed coming into better company and managing the growth. I really think he's got a bright future."

Read more on:    wallabies  |  michael cheika  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

01 October 2016
South Africa v Australia, Pretoria 17:05
02 October 2016
Argentina v New Zealand, Buenos Aires 00:10
08 October 2016
South Africa v New Zealand, Durban 17:05
Argentina v Australia, London 20:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

The Springboks have two more Rugby Championship matches - against Australia in Pretoria (October 1) and New Zealand in Durban (October 8). How will the Boks fare in those Tests?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.