Sydney - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said on Monday he is
looking forward to finally beating the All Blacks in New Zealand this weekend,
declaring "bring it on".
Australia is out to end a demoralising 15-year, 19-Test
sequence without a win over the world champions in New Zealand in Saturday's
third and final Bledisloe Cup Test.
The series is already decided after the All Blacks thumped
the Wallabies 42-8 in Sydney and 29-9 in Wellington in Tests doubling as Rugby
The Wallabies will also have to confront the grim statistic
of not having won at Auckland's Eden Park - the venue for Saturday's Test - in
Their last victory at Eden Park was 17 Test encounters ago
when they prevailed 22-9 over the All Blacks in 1986.
The all-conquering All Blacks, who earlier this month
clinched the Rugby Championship with home and away wins over South Africa,
Australia and Argentina, are also trying to smash the world record for the most
consecutive Test wins with an 18th straight victory.
Amid all this Cheika is unbowed about Australia's chances of
causing a major boil over this weekend.
"It's obviously proven to be a tough place for us to go
and play, but I'm old fashioned," Cheika told reporters.
"I look forward to it. Bring it on. It's a great
Hooker and captain Stephen Moore was equally enthused:
"This is what you play for, these type of games, these opportunities to go
and play the best teams."
Cheika said he was looking at making an early call on the fitness
of injured back rowers David Pocock (hand) and Sean McMahon (ankle) ahead of
this week's game.
"We'll have a handle on where they are at today in
training and then we'll get stuck into it tomorrow and see who can do what and
base our decisions from there," Cheika said.