Cheika has moved on from Sydney win

Date published: October 30 2015

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Australia ended their long winless streak against New Zealand during the Rugby Championship, but Michael Cheika insists they won't be dwelling on that as they prepare for the World Cup final.

The trans-Tasman rivals meet in a World Cup final for the first time at Twickenham, with Australia looking to win their third World Cup on British soil, while New Zealand seek to become the first team to win back-to-back tournaments.

The Wallabies ended a ten-match winless streak against the All Blacks back in August with a 27-19 win in Sydney, but were well-beaten in their following game in Auckland.

And despite ending the hoodoo against the All Blacks, Cheika won't be focusing on either game ahead of the final.

"They always say if you look backwards you're only going to get a sore neck," he said. 

"For us it's there but it means nothing really. It's what happens in the next day or so in front of us, the last parts of our preparation and the 80 minutes tomorrow and see where the cards fall.

"(New Zealand) know how to play the game physically. They've  got great leg drive. I love that style of play as well. 

"We know we want to bring that too. I know we're probably a bit smaller. It's all about how you bring it technically. It's all about what's inside you.

"I've got a lot of belief in my team. We only had a short space of time between the Rugby Championship and this championship to get some good building blocks around fitness and resilience in the contact. 

"We know it's going to be extremely physical and we want to be able to last. Once the 80 minutes start, not only will your preparation take hold, but also the reasons that are driving you."

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