Cheika: My job is not on the line


A defiant Michael Cheika does not feel his job is under threat after New Zealand consigned Australia to a sixth successive defeat to retain the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.

The All Blacks followed up their 42-8 hammering of the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney by easing to a 29-9 victory at Westpac Stadium a week later.

Cheika was named coach of the year in 2015 after guiding Australia to the World Cup final and winning the Rugby Championship title, but he has endured a difficult 2016 thus far.

The 49-year-old said he is not feeling the heat as the Wallabies lick their wounds and prepare to take on South Africa at Suncorp Stadium on September 10.

"I don't think I am [under pressure]," said Cheika

"The only person who puts pressure on me is myself.

"I'm not worried about that stuff."

Australia vice-captain Michael Hooper believes it is only a matter of time before the Wallabies come good.

"We made huge improvements during the week," he said.

"Still the scoreboard didn't paint a great picture [on Saturday] but as far as intent of the guys at training and in the game, you can't build that sort of stuff and not get results in the back end of the year.

"[I'm not] hoping, I'm knowing there's some good to come from this."