Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has angrily lashed out at Rugby World Cup organisers in Japan after Saturday’s scoreline in the quarter-final match between Australia and England was released days early.
The 33-18 win to the England Roses in four days time in Oita Stadium on Japan’s southern-most main island of Kyushu has “buggered up all the pre-match buildup and psychological warfare I had planned,” Cheika told The Bug.
“Half the fun of the days before losing that match was to have been the tactical sparring, the ‘war of words’ I was going to have with my England counterpart [fellow Australian Eddie Jones] just to make him really mad and even more focused,” Cheika said.
“Still, I’ll take the scoreline – and I think the three tries by England to our two will be a fitting result considering the number of basic handling errors, shocking lineout losses and silly, private-school-standard rules infringements we’ll suffer repeatedly on the day.”
England’s win come Saturday is its seventh straight victory over the Wallabies and even Cheika conceded that his side’s two late tries will come after England had ‘taken their foot off our throats’.
“I wish England well in the remainder of the tournament and I believe they can go all the way,” said Cheika, who brings himself on late in Saturday’s game and scores one of the Wallabies’ late consolation tries (pictured at top).
Chieka said he was not worried about Saturday’s pending loss to England as his grip on the Wallabies coaching position was “safe as houses” for some years after the team’s fluke win over the All Blacks recently.
And veteran game caller Gordon Bray said the Wallabies could gain some comfort from Saturday’s result.
“The winning margin on Saturday could have been much, much worse,” Bray said. “We all knew that any football team sweating on Kurtley Beale being fit was in serious trouble from the get-go.”