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Cheika blames defensive inadequacies for New Zealand defeat

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 01:15

Under-pressure Australia coach concedes team weren't good enough as they suffer big loss to New Zealand

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SHOWS: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (AUGUST 19, 2017) (TVNZ - Broadcasters: NO ACCESS NEW ZEALAND Digital: NO ACCESS NEW ZEALAND INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY NEW ZEALAND OR AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS) 1. WALLABIES COACH MICHAEL CHEIKA AND CAPTAIN MICHAEL HOOPER WALKING IN TO PRESS ROOM 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA RUGBY UNION TEAM COACH MICHAEL CHEIKA SAYING: "I think it was pretty plain to see that our defence wasn't good enough. The adherence to the way we want to defend plus also the tackling in itself has got to be better. That first part of the game was not the level you can be at at all, not in any game let alone a game against them." 3. WHITE FLASH 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA RUGBY UNION TEAM COACH MICHAEL CHEIKA SAYING: "I know that we will improve. We have to do some quick improving around for the next game if we want to keep the series alive,"5 5. NEW ZEALAND RUGBY CAPTAIN KIERAN READ AND NEW ZEALAND RUGBY COACH STEVE HANSEN SITTING DOWN AT NEWS CONFERENCE 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND RUGBY COACH, STEVE HANSEN, SAYING: "The first 50 minutes was as good a rugby as you'll ever see and the last 30 some of the ugliest rugby but I think we probably got a little seduced by the scoreboard and went away from the fundamentals of what we wanted to do but I think it's about concentrating right now on what we did really well and that first 50 minutes was pretty special." STORY: Australia coach Michael Cheika blamed a substandard defensive performance for the crushing 54-34 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals New Zealand in the Rugby Championship opener on Saturday (August 19). Despite Australia running in four late tries to give the scoreboard a degree of respectability, the game was all but settled by half-time after New Zealand had run in six tries to lead 40-6. Australia sought to reinforce their defence at half-time, but after missing 31 tackles in 31 minutes the damage had been done and the world champions ran out comfortable winners. Meanwhile, New Zealand coach Steve Hansen described his side's first 50 minutes "as good a rugby as you'll ever see". Australia now face the daunting prospect of a return game against the world champions in Dunedin, a city where Australia have won just once, 23-15 in 2001. Australia must win away to have any chance of reclaiming the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.

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Cheika blames defensive inadequacies for New Zealand defeat

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 01:15