Cape Town - Australians believe South African coach Allister Coetzee is playing mind games ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test between the Wallabies and Springboks in Perth.
In an interview with Australian press, Coetzee said he struggled to understand how the Wallabies managed to lose their previous game against the All Blacks in Dunedin.
Beauden Barrett’s last-gasp try saw the All Blacks claim a 35-29 win and sealed the Bledisloe Cup for a 15th straight year.
"To not to have won that one, I don't know how it slipped away in the last three minutes when you get so close to winning a Test," Coetzee was quoted as saying by the Canberra Times.
"They recovered well and to put themselves in a position to win it, you should win it."
In the introduction of their article, the Canberra Times called Coetzee’s statement a “cheeky sledge”.
Coetzee does however expect a stern test from the Wallabies.
"We always knew despite the Super Rugby performances, this is a good Australian side. Take 50 players from Australia and put them together, you'll still have a world-class team out there."
Kick-off for Saturday’s Test is scheduled for 12:05 (SA time).