Cheika expects smarter Wallabies
November 10, 2014
More to come from Wallabies - Cheika

Michael Cheika has warned the Wallabies that he will not tolerate poor decision-making.

Poor decisions late in the match cost them victory against the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane in October, and the Wallabies kept Wales in the game at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday when they handed back possession with questionable kicking tactics in the dying moments.

Greg Growden, in The Growden Report on Monday, wrote "the Wallabies lack clear thinkers under pressure, and for some ridiculous reason prefer to be kamikazes in the final minutes of Test matches".

"With 40 seconds to go in the Cardiff Test match, the Wallabies had the Test won," Growden wrote. "They were ahead by five points, so they were under no danger of losing through an opposition penalty goal. All they had to do in the final few seconds was hold onto the ball, play a few charge-up phases via their forwards, and then when time was up, kick the pill out over the sideline. Simples! But no. The Wallabies decided to be boofheads."

Wales 28-33 Australia (Australia only)

Nick Phipps revealed on Monday that Cheika had spared the players a spray for their failure to put to bed the Wales Test but still delivered a clear message that similar mistakes wouldn't be tolerated in the future.

"Cheik's made that pretty clear, that's not what we're going to be doing from now on," Phipps said ahead of the Test against France in Paris on Saturday. "He went about it in his way. You could tell that he was joking about it but you could tell he was dead serious about the message. He's got his own way of getting messages across with that joking sort of message but you know that if [the result] went the other way, he'd be spraying us a bit."

Phipps expected Australia's composure to improve with every match under the new regime. "I think it's good that stuff's happening now rather than towards the end of the tour or even the World Cup next year," Phipps said. "This is the time to fine-tune things."

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