Cheika says Australia haven’t turned the corner yet

Date published: September 13 2016

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Australia coach Michael Cheika says his team is not out of the woods yet despite their narrow victory over South Africa which broke a six Test losing streak.

The Wallabies managed a 23-17 win over the Springboks in Brisbane last Saturday but Cheika warned they were still some way off from being the finished article.

Australia face Argentina next in what might not be such a straight forward contest as it once was.

"I think it's only a fair comment that the quality of our football wasn't at top level on the weekend and we just got by, with improvement, but not top level," Cheika said.

"Just because we won last week doesn't mean the issues are gone away either, you want to keep improving every week."

Cheika said winning always helps the team psychologically but they still needed to work hard to make sure they were ready to cope with the questions Argentina would be asking of them.

"I'm keen for us to play a bit better," Cheika said. "Some of our option taking [could be better]. When we had opportunities to attack maybe we took not necessarily a kick option, but an option where we hesitated. We didn't just shift the ball into the space and take it. [There was] a little bit of indecision. It was definitely improved from the weeks before and that's something we'll be looking to improve again this week."

Cheika hinted that the Wallabies could field another two debutants, with prop Tom Robertson and second-rower Lopeti Timani in the frame to be selected for the Argentina match.

"He has definitely has been [one of the finds of the year]," said Cheika of Robertson. "I saw him in the under 20s at the Waratahs when I was coaching there so I didn't think he'd be through as quick. He's just managed coming into better company and managing the growth. I really think he's got a bright future."

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