Wellington - Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has backed
Michael Cheika in the wake of yet another Bledisloe Cup loss to New Zealand
last weekend, saying the coach's players let him down.
Cheika has come under fire after Australia's second-half
submission in Sydney left them on the verge of losing the Bledisloe series for
the 16th straight year.
Veteran pundit Greg Growden has called for Cheika and his
coaching staff to be sacked, but Polota-Nau said the players on the park should
be taking the heat.
"He's definitely the best man for the job,"
Polota-Nau said, describing Cheika as a great motivator who had the right
blueprint for the Wallabies to succeed.
"It's more about how we take that blueprint and put it
out there on the field," he added.
"At the end of the day we're the guys out there on the
field and only we can control what the plays are at hand."
Lock Adam Coleman expressed similar sentiments at the
Wallabies' Waiheke Island base off the Auckland coast, where they are preparing
for Saturday's second Test at Eden Park.
"We've got full confidence in this coaching staff and
we back them 100 percent," Coleman said.
"There has never ever been a question about that so I
don't know where that has come from."
Australia has not won at Eden Park since 1986 but Polota-Nau
dismissed suggestions the record was weighing on the Wallabies' minds.
"(We) don't even consider what they call the hoodoo of
Eden Park," he said.
"I've played there quite a few times and managed to win
only once - in 2009 with the Waratahs - but we have to make sure we use that
one opportunity and reminisce on the good times.
"My biggest motivator is to win again at Eden