Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika slammed the All Blacks after his team suffered a 37-10 defeat in their Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland on Saturday.
Cheika had some choice words for the world champions, match officials and media after the All Blacks broke the record for consecutive Test wins by a tier 1 nation with that result.
Relations between the trans-Tasman rivals hit a low when Cheika let rip after his team suffered a third successive Bledisloe Cup defeat this season.
Central to his unhappiness is the Sydney bugging incident from earlier this year. This occurred before the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney when the All Blacks revealed that they discovered a listening device in a meeting room in their hotel ahead of that clash.
“I would say the thing that got me offside was the accusation that we tried to bug them,” said.
“Really? Hello? Honestly? They had that the whole week…. that lack of respect. I wouldn’t even be smart enough to get that stuff organised.
“I’m too busy working on my own team. Yet they hold onto it and drop it on the day of the game. They don’t need to do that stuff. They’re too good anyway.
“It’s only they want to do it to try and needle me or us. I wouldn’t say it’s friendly. But then again you’re not supposed to be friendly with the opposition.
“It’s not personal it’s just team against team.”
Cheika started his rant when asked for his views on the All Blacks breaking the record for wins against top tier opposition.
“I don’t think they really want my comment,” he said.
“They dressed us up as clowns today so they don’t respect our comment so we won’t make one anyway.”
Cheika was referring to an illustration in the New Zealand Herald’s Saturday edition in which he was dressed up as a clown.
“It was on the front page of the paper, bro,” he added.
“They put our crest on it.”
Wallabies captain Stephen Moore also voiced his disapproval at the illustration.
“I don’t want to talk too much about it but when I think about the way the jersey is portrayed in that picture for everyone that’s pulled that on in the history of the Wallabies I think that’s pretty disrespectful,” he said.
“But they won the game so they’re the ones laughing so what do you do?”
Asked if the Wallabies and the All Blacks would be sharing a beer, after Saturday’s match, Cheika said it was highly unlikely.
“We haven’t been invited,” he revealed.
“We had a reception after the Wellington game so we did that there but we haven’t been invited.”
Cheika also expressed his frustration with the ruling by TMO Shaun Veldsman to deny Henry Speight a second half try.
Referee Nigel Owens initially awarded the five-pointer but Veldsman told him they needed to review televison footage. Dane Haylett-Petty was then ruled to have changed his running line and impeded Julian Savea so the try was disallowed.
“Obviously I can’t say anything because they’ve got you by the throat,” said Cheika.
“I’ve just never seen shepherding from behind before.
“Before any of that we need to own our mistakes. We turned the ball over far too much. We know New Zealand are very good on turnover and counter attack and we made a lot good play and then turned the ball over and allowed them to score.
“We’ll see if World Rugby come out with an announcement or anything like that.”