Result has no RWC impact – Cheika

Date published: November 8 2014

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Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika doesn’t expect the latest win over Wales to have any impact on next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika doesn’t expect the latest win over Wales to have any impact on next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Australia are pooled with Wales and England in Pool 1 but have a long run of victories over Wales stretching back to 2008.

Cheika doesn’t think winning their last hit-out before 2015 will leave any psychological damage, but was delighted to get the result.

“I’ve never seen one game have an impact on another one so far away,” said Cheika.

“But the way we prepare, I like to think in tight games it will always go our way.

“The Welsh are a good team and it always seems to come down to the wire, so it was nice to come out on top against a quality team.”

Cheika reserved special praise for fly-half Bernard Foley, whose late drop goal followed by a third penalty set up the win.

“We don’t practice drop goals so Bernard sitting back and taking it was good play – and he delivered,” added Cheika.

“The performance wasn’t perfect but we created some good situations and I thought the forwards carried the ball quite well, especially the replacement forwards who got us into good field positions at the end.

“Trust comes when you do things more and more often. Hopefully we can build on that this trip and at the same time grab a win here and there.”

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