Cheika prepared for Wallabies criticism after whitewash


Australia coach Michael Cheika is prepared for criticism of their attacking style of play following the Test series whitewash at the hands of England and vowed the Wallabies will bounce back.

England completed a 3-0 series victory Down Under with a 44-40 victory in Sydney on Saturday despite Australia outscoring the tourists five tries to four in a thrilling encounter.

The whitewash marks a substantial turnaround from Australia's 33-13 win over England at last year's Rugby World Cup.

And, speaking at a post-match media conference, Cheika said: "I will, as always, accept the full consequences of that style of play. That's how I've been brought up.

"When I came in with Australia, they wanted me to play like that and that's how I want to coach. I believe we can keep working on it and be in the situation where we can get results and keep playing like that.

"It hasn't happened this time, but we'll keep working on it. I know there will be plenty of people ready to put the boot in and I'm ready for that.

"But I'll always get back up, as the team will, and try and play that style of footy. The people I feel for most are our supporters, we let them down."

Asked if England coach Eddie Jones had been the difference in the series, Cheika added: "I'd hope not, because that means I've crashed out.

"But he's obviously added some starch to the team and I think they've had a good reaction from there; picked up, worked hard and they haven't lost a game since he's been in charge, so you can't really say anything, can you? It's plain sailing."

The discipline of the Wallabies has also come into question, with England fly-half Owen Farrell having kicked 45 of his 66 points in the series from penalties.

On that issue, Cheika added: "I think if I was to give it a rating, it would probably be a five or a six. I don't think that all of the penalties have been just responsible from our discipline.

"It's been no secret that I haven't been happy with the refereeing and we've tried to make that point by sending our clips in and following the channels, but it's cost us a lot of points, hasn't it? You can't deny that."