Rugby

Cheika lashes out at All Black coach

2016-06-21 07:20
Michael Cheika (Getty)

Sydney - Michael Cheika on Tuesday accused New Zealand's Steve Hansen of taking a cheap shot with his "shallow" suggestion the Australian was letting England mentor Eddie Jones bully him.

Hansen, after England claimed an unprecedented series victory in Australia, said he was puzzled the normally feisty Cheika refused to respond to Jones' verbal jibes ahead of the first two Tests.

The New Zealander suggested Cheika was being deferential towards his compatriot because they were old Sydney clubmates, and the attitude had rubbed off on his players.

But Cheika rejected the notion and accused Hansen of putting the boot into an Australia side already hurting after the series loss.

"I think that's a pretty shallow sort of view on what's really involved in coaching and he knows better than that," Cheika told reporters.

"It's easy to kick blokes when they're down. We're down, but we'll be getting back up, don't worry about that."

Cheika, who is desperate to avoid a 3-0 series whitewash in Sydney this weekend, said he saw no point in waging a media battle with Jones.

"If I thought it would have made us play better, yeah, I would have got into it... but anyone who knows the game will understand it has no bearing whatsoever on the end result," he said.

Hansen's remarks are certain to add spice to trans-Tasman clashes in this year's Rugby Championship, with Australia and New Zealand due to meet in Sydney on August 20.

Their last match was the Rugby World Cup final, where New Zealand won against a Wallabies outfit that exceeded expectations in reaching the final.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

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.