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The Rugby Championship 2016

Really? Wallabies job not under threat insists Australia coach Michael Cheika after sixth straight defeat

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 August, 2016, 7:01pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 August, 2016, 5:04pm

Michael Cheika said on Sunday he did not feel under threat as coach, as the Wallabies eyed a record low-point of test defeats in the wake of their latest heavy loss to New Zealand.

The All Blacks claimed the Bledisloe Cup for the 14th straight year with a comprehensive 29-9 win over Australia in Wellington on Saturday following their 42-8 romp in Sydney the previous weekend.

It was the All Blacks’ 19th consecutive win over the Wallabies in New Zealand.

The Wallabies have now lost six tests in a row, three of them against New Zealand, and another defeat would be the team’s most unsuccessful run of seven losses in the post-1995 professional era.

The last run of seven losses in 2005 eventually led to the sacking of then coach Eddie Jones.

Australia, who are the holders, lie on the bottom of the four nation Rugby Championship standings with no points and conceding 71 points in their two heavy losses to the world champions.

They face South Africa in their next Rugby Championship encounter in Brisbane on September 10.

Cheika, who coached the Wallabies to the final of last year’s World Cup in London, said his position was not in danger.

“I don’t think I am [under pressure],” Cheika said after returning to Sydney.

“The only person who puts pressure on me is myself. I’m not worried about that stuff.”

While the Springboks lost 26-24 in Argentina on Saturday, Cheika said there was plenty of work to do for his side.

He does not expect any injured players to return for the Brisbane test and said he would stick with fly-half Quade Cooper and inside centre Bernard Foley as the team’s twin playmakers.

Vice-captain Michael Hooper said despite the two Bledisloe beltings, a win was not too far away for the Wallabies.

“We made huge improvements during the week,” openside flanker Hooper said.

“Still the scoreboard didn’t paint a great picture 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.”