Cheika circumspect about chances against All Blacks
AFTER the Wallabies drew 12-all with the All Blacks in Sydney almost 12 months ago, then-coach Ewen McKenzie said he was excited about having the chance to break a hoodoo at Eden Park that stretched back to 1986.
That was the last time Australia beat New Zealand at the venue, coach Alan Jones - of talkback radio fame - engineering a 22-6 victory.
"I always look at those things as opportunities, because everyone tells you you can't do things," McKenzie said.
"I see it as a fantastic motivator, so the more you write about it, the better I will feel about it."
He certainly didn't feel good after Australia copped a 51-20 flogging to ensure the All Blacks retained the Bledisloe Cup.
Asked how he felt about Australia's chances of breaking the drought at Eden Park this weekend, following the tough 27-19 win at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night, new coach Michael Cheika was more circumspect than his predecessor.
"The reality is that we've only won one game against New Zealand in a long time, and me more than anyone knows that stands for only a little bit," he said.
While Cheika and his team will be desperate to break the hoodoo, and bring the Bledisloe Cup back to Australia for the first time in 13 years, the All Blacks will be just as determined to re-establish their superiority heading into the World Cup.
The Wallabies' victory in Sydney ensured they won the Rugby Championship for the first time in its four-year history.
And the final game of the compettion also produced a surprise, with Argentina stunning South Africa 37-25 in Durban.
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer described the loss as the most embarrassing of his four years in charge.
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