Sport Michael Cheika vows to pressure All Blacks

09:26  13 august  2017
09:26  13 august  2017 Source:   MSN

'Things have never looked grimmer'

  'Things have never looked grimmer' Wallabies coach Michael Cheika believes it's not all doom and gloom for Australia in the Bledisloe Cup, and that pressure is the key to beating the All Blacks.Cheika fronted Sports Sunday to talk about the state of the 15-a-side game in Australia following the decision by the Australian Rugby Union on Friday to axe the Western Force out of the Super Rugby competition for 2018 in line with a SANZAAR ruling.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is vowing to play a pressure game against the All Blacks in their Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney on Saturday.

He's been preparing his team to go the distance at pace by working intensively on their fitness in recent weeks.© Lynne Cameron/PA Images via Getty Images He's been preparing his team to go the distance at pace by working intensively on their fitness in recent weeks. Australian rugby has never needed a victory over the All Blacks more.

After the worst week in its worst season in memory, the code in Australia is crying out for some reason to feel hopeful for the future.

Michael Cheika's new-look Wallabies could provide that if they pull off what appears a mission impossible against world champions New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney on Saturday.

Bookmakers have shown what they think of their chances, with Australia $6.25 long shots and New Zealand playing just $1.12 to win.

Wallabies battling to win back the faith

  Wallabies battling to win back the faith <p>Michael Cheika's rebuilding Wallabies suffered a blow to their confidence during the June internationals and may struggle to get it back when they start the Rugby Championship with back-to-back tests against the All Blacks.</p>Facing the world champions from across 'the ditch' has never been an ideal way to ease into the southern hemisphere tournament and the Wallabies are under the added pressure of having to 'save' Australian rugby.

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Sydney - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has demanded greater urgency from his players and vowed team changes in the wake of their spluttering Test defeat to Scotland. "In hindsight, maybe we could have gone to the goal just to mount up a bit of pressure .

Cheika is making no promises but has hinted at plans to take a leaf from the British and Irish Lions' playbook by applying pressure to the All Blacks at every turn with swarming defence.

He's been preparing his team to go the distance at pace by working intensively on their fitness in recent weeks.

"I am not saying it is going to be easy," said Cheika on the Nine Network's Sports Sunday.

Rona ready for barrage from All Blacks

  Rona ready for barrage from All Blacks Rookie Curtis Rona is confident of coping with whatever the All Blacks throw at him in his Wallabies debut in Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney.The Wallabies are daring the All Blacks to target code-hopping Curtis Rona after handing the first-year rugby convert a Bledisloe Cup baptism of fire.

— Reuters picSYDNEY, June 18 — Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has demanded greater urgency from his players and vowed team changes in the wake of their spluttering Test defeat to Scotland. “In hindsight, maybe we could have gone to the goal just to mount up a bit of pressure .

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has demanded greater urgency from his players and vowed team changes in the wake of their spluttering test defeat to Scotland. "In hindsight, maybe we could have gone to the goal just to mount up a bit of pressure . Cheika believes Wallabies can tame All Blacks .

"But at the same time I believe that, with the right preparation, we've still got a week to go, getting the guys in the right mindset.

"The target needs to be to put New Zealand under pressure, not necessarily to go out there and win.

"Then we will see what happens from there, we'll see if we can take the pickings."

Cheika doesn't need reminding that Australian Super Rugby teams were 0-26 in games against New Zealand opposition and the code has been hit hard by last week's decision to axe the Western Force.

But he believes the right steps have been taken to "renovate" the Wallabies squad since their World Cup final loss to the All Blacks in 2015.

He pointed to nearly 20 new caps blooded since, with only about a dozen of the 2015 World Cup squad remaining.

Cheika said his biggest concern over the axing of the Force was for the "huge" rugby supporter base in Western Australia.

"The professional players, yes, they understand that they could go from one team to another.

"But the most difficult thing is for the fan base .

"Rugby has got a huge volunteer network around the country growing there in Perth obviously so that's going to be hard for them to take."

Comment: Wallabies are sadly right where you'd expect them to be .
Frustration? Yes. Surprise? No. A lot of what we previewed in the past fortnight unfolded on Saturday night. The Rieko Ioane threat. Tick. The Wallabies' vulnerability in the first hour? Tick. The All Blacks were a freight train you could see coming from a mile off.Forget the month's preparation, the Wallabies were underdone and that in itself is a reflection of the terrible Super Rugby seasons most of the franchises endured.The second factor is that the Wallabies coaches seem unable to rectify some of these problems. Defensively, Saturday was a nightmare.

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