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Wallabies coach Cheika faces investigation

By Iain Strachan
Australia coach Michael Cheika

Michael Cheika will be investigated over alleged comments made by the Australia coach during a 30-6 loss to England at Twickenham.

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Cheika was seen on television footage appearing to direct obscenities at referee Ben O’Keeffe in what was a controversial victory for Eddie Jones’ hosts at the expense of the Wallabies, who had two tries disallowed.

Cheika also appeared to get into an argument with a fan on his way down from the coaching box to the sideline.

Australia’s coach ended a post-match interview on Saturday when he was asked about his remarks.

And Jon Davis, the disciplinary officer for the November internationals, is now set to assess the incidents in question.

“Following various media reports and a referral from World Rugby, the comments and conduct attributed to Michael Cheika are being investigated. An update will be issued tomorrow (Tuesday),” a widely reported statement from the organisers of the series said.

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William 3 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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