Michael Cheika vows to pressure All Blacks

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

Australian Super Rugby teams were 0-26 in games against New Zealand opposition and the code has been hit hard by last week's decision to axe the Western Force.

"Things have never looked grimmer going into it. Give us reasons to hope".

Cheika is making no promises but has hinted at plans to take a leaf from the British and Irish Lions' playbook by applying pressure to the All Blacks at every turn with swarming defence.

"No mate, one thing we've seen since the World Cup and one thing we've been doing is renovating our team".

He pointed to almost 20 new caps blooded since, with only about a dozen of the 2015 World Cup squad remaining.

Coles left the field in the warmup game on Friday, where New Zealand played half a game each against provincial sides Taranaki and Counties Manukau.

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"That shows that we respect them and we're going to go out there and do that again next week".

"But at the same time I believe with the right preparation still, we've got a week to go, getting the guys into the right mindset, the target needs to be to put New Zealand under pressure, not necessarily to go out there and win".

"He's a world-class player and whatever happens next week I'm sure he'll be ready to go if he gets a chance". "We'll see if we can take the pickings from there".

Michael Cheika is confident that the axing of the Force from Super Rugby will not be a distraction on the team leading into the first Bledisloe Cup.

"Obviously they were disappointed, there's no doubt about that, but as a professional player they've also got to prepare themselves as well", Cheika told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.

"But the most hard thing is for the fan base".

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