Cheika questions referee's decisions after losing to All Blacks
- Author: Leroy Wright Aug 27, 2017,
Aug 27, 2017, 22:59
It took a second Beauden Barrett try two minutes from full-time to spare New Zealand's blushes.
In the countdown to the final whistle, Kurtley Beale scored to put Australia back in front before Barrett scored the match victor for the All Blacks.
Unfortunately, it was not to be - as some handsome inside-outside ball movement from New Zealand broke open the Australian defense in the final minute, allowing Beauden Barrett to stroll over untouched for his second try of the evening.
"There were things during the game that could have changed the course of it", Cheika said in an outburst against match officials. I was pretty pleased with the game and just some of the improvements in some of the areas that we wanted to work on. "(The last try) was a dagger in the heart".
He will come off the bench and be confronted by a New Zealand team determined to make up for a late lapse from which they conceded 28 unanswered points last week in Sydney.
Australia pushed out to a 17 -nil lead but that could have easily been 24-nil if Foley had been able to kick more than one from four.
McGregor/Mayweather has competition for the title of sporting event most worth getting up early for. "Obviously he's gone through his own processes and he's striking the ball very well".
They played some good rugby tonight and they'll be disappointed.
But unlike the national union, the boys in Perth are being backed by big money from mining billionaire Andrew Forrest.
There was a prediction they could concede 100 points, a headline in a Kiwi newspaper to "Tell 'em they're dreaming" and fanciful odds from bookmakers that if anything, proved to be ideal motivation for Michael Cheika's men.
The first half was a roller coaster for Australian Rugby supporters!
The Boks had it easy last week to win 37-12 in Port Elizabeth but Salta can not be their favourite venue.
But the recurrence of a shoulder injury to Coleman on Friday cost the Wallabies their pack enforcer and lineout caller."It's a huge blow", captain Michael Hooper said.
"Maybe sometimes it's nice to say publicly how badly we want a player to stay here, because we love him and we want him to keep playing like that in the gold jersey".
The game ebbed and flowed in the second half and Kurtley Beale put the Wallabies in front with under five minutes to go when he spied a gap in the home team's defence and scored under the bar.