Cheika relishing Bledisloe challenge

Date published: August 5 2015

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika is relishing the challenge of taking on the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship decider in Sydney on Saturday.

Australia haven’t held the Bledisloe Cup since 2002, and will go head to head with a New Zealand team that has won 25 of their last 31 matches against the Wallabies. 

"I don't enjoy being the underdog, I just think that's what we are," said Cheika.

The promising sign for Cheika and the Wallabies will be their recent history in this fixture. 

Although unable to register a victory against the All Blacks in 2014, a draw in Sydney and a one point loss in the dying seconds in Brisbane will give the Wallabies some confidence heading into Saturday.

"If I look back to last year's series Australia had two very close games and one very poor game," added Cheika.

"We have got be more consistent, that's the message. More consistent in our play, and therefore our results."

Cheika isn't giving anything away ahead of the weekend's showdown and opted for a closed training session on Wednesday. 

“We just wanted to have a day where we could work on a few things that we want to keep to ourselves, and minimise distractions.” he said. 

“I wasn’t too happy with yesterday’s session and I wanted to get the team concentrating on having a really good day. At the start of the week we said everyday, improve a little bit.“

With the 23-man Wallabies squad set to be named on Thursday, there are still many unanswered questions. Will Pocock and Hooper start for the Wallabies? Who will wear the number 12 jersey?

"I haven't decided yet," explained Cheika.

"I have obviously used them (Pocock & Hooper) together off the bench, and we have Wycliff Palu back this week so that's another possibility for us."