‘I’m not here to be a pundit’ – Cheika

Date published: April 4 2016

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Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika is not pointing any fingers despite notable differences between the Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby sides.

With six rounds of rugby gone, only the Brumbies and surprise package the Rebels – with two losses each – have found themselves at the winning end of the scoreboard on four occasions.

2014 champions, the Waratahs, have managed to secure only two victories. The Reds, who are the 2011 champions, have not won a match despite coming up against fellow struggling countrymen – twice against the Syndeysiders and once against the Force. The Perth outfit only have one victory to show for their efforts.

"That seems to be the consensus that our teams are well behind theirs [New Zealand's]," Cheika told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I think for me, I'm not looking at how a team performs. It's their coaches' responsibility to do that. I'm not here to be a pundit around 'oh yeah, they are playing good' or 'they are not playing that good'."

Cheika is preparing the Wallabies for an incoming three-match Test series against England in June this year and later on the Rugby Championship which includes the Bledisloe Cup against world champions, the All Blacks.

"What I need to do is see who is going well within our teams, what combinations are going well, who needs to improve and trying to get the best at putting that together," he said.

"I think the team has still got a lot of improvement in regards to not just how we play the game, but also how tough we are mentally.

"Exploring some of that area is really important for me so that the team understands how to deal with difficult situations and get better at that."

The former Leinster head coach, who won the Super Rugby title with the Waratahs in 2014, empathised with the coaches expressing how challenging and unpredictable the players' peformances can be.

"One thing I know for sure is that, having been a coach of Super Rugby recently, I know how a team's performance in that competition can ebb and flow and players can get in form and try to stay in form and go out of form."

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