Cheika finds positives in 'disappointing' Wallabies draw

Sheri Evans
September 12, 2017

Cheika could enthuse about the broad-shouldered 20-year-old being anything but shy in his Test debut against the vaunted Springboks and another fine display from midfield standout Kurtley Beale who was named man of the match.

The Wallabies and Springboks drew for just the second time in the history of their 84-game rivalry on Saturday night after the home side coughed up a 10-point lead in Perth - but they were ultimately fortunate to escape with a share of the spoils.

"So we can complement Australia on intelligent scrummaging, but I do believe the scrum would have been better handled by a northern hemisphere referee".

"We all need to have that same attitude around wanting it a lot and staying at it".

"We have played exceptionally well in patches in Test matches this year but what we are really focussing on is Monday to Friday, nailing that and then that is what gets you your eighty minute performances".

"I thought the referee was too slow to penalise the Wallabies for playing Bok jumpers in the air, especially in the second half when the Boks got their driving maul going".

'Missed opportunity there, ' said Australia captain Michael Hooper.

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Uelese was on far earlier than expected when top hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau copped a poke in the eye and required a concussion test on the sidelines before the 20-minute mark.

"For a guy who hasn't played footy since May, he's come in and played three full games of footy and killed them".

"[There were] two good sides who were really desperate tonight and you could see that things had to change, whatever plans you had with the weather conditions it allowed it to become a bit of a dog fight and we adapted well", Coetzee said in a post-match interview.

The Stormers prop joins a South Africa side now second in the Rugby Championship standings and although coach Allister Coetzee wasn't happy to split the points with Australia, he is pleased with the team's form.

"Next week is a different challenge all together".

"We're all looking for that win, it's been a while and obviously we wanted to win on the weekend but we didn't get the result so we'll dust off and go again".

Springboks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit made 63m from his five runs as the chief thorn running through the middle of the ruck while centre Jesse Kriel's direct running was another asset.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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