Some would say the Wallabies were unlucky against the Irish but I’m a believer of the old saying “you make your own luck.”
The Wallabies only have themselves to blame for letting a rampant Irish team dominate nearly all of the first half and then after looking like they would make a remarkable comeback, falter against a makeshift backline and allow Keith Earls to score in the corner to end their hopes of that elusive Grand Slam.
Cheika’s men were untidy with some of their passes, particularly in the backs which let them down bigtime in the second half.
Only Michael knows why he changed a stable backrow to include Dean Mumm.
Might I suggest some favouritism towards the Waratahs?
The demotion of Timani seemed odd as he has been one of the form forwards on tour.
His hits and ball carries were missed against an Irish pack that defended gallantly and gained the advantage line easily when carrying the ball.
Let’s not take anything away from the Irish who I think are the most improved team in world rugby at the moment.
Joe Schmidt has done a fantastic job with his team.
They are the first Northern Hemisphere team since Clive Woodward’s 2003 English team that have beaten three of the powerhouse sides from south of the horizon in New Zealand, South Africa and now Australia.
Now let’s be totally honest, if the Scottish and French kicking boots had been on song this tour could have been really ugly for the Wallabies.
Luckily they weren’t and the history books will always state that the Wallabies won those games, as they will for the Irish winning the game on the weekend so let’s stop whinging about the refereeing.
I won’t bother going into Chekia’s rant after the game with referee Gerome Gracos and the lopsided penalty count 13-3, but I will say that I hope he and World Rugby Referee boss Alain Rollard can sort it out before next weekend so there’s no more excuses.
Now that the matinee has come and gone, it’s time for the main show.
I know that both Cheika and Jones have been waiting for this game for some time.
For Cheika, because inwardly he has been seething about the results in June and can’t wait to get the chance to beat Eddie back on English soil – and to prove that he can coach.
Then you have Eddie Jones who is a little pissed off about how he and his team were treated whilst in Australia, especially by some of the media, and will want to prove that the whitewash was no fluke.
Eddie has already had a shot at the Wallabies scrum and is prepared to meet the referee and Wallaby staff to clarify his issues.
He’ll also supply an agenda along with some sandwiches and a nice cup of tea, as he is a humble host.
Michael was clearly beaten badly in the propaganda battle against Eddie in June. It was a real master and apprentice show.
So I wonder if Cheika will let Eddie control the press again or will he let his team do the talking?
I know I’m looking forward to watching it unfold this week.
- Glen Ella, exclusively for Sportsta.