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Cheika tells Aussies to toughen up
23 Nov 2014 14:02
Michael Cheika has challenged Australia to "harden up" against England at Twickenham on Saturday to dispel any notion the Wallabies are a soft touch.
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Australia's frustrated head coach admitted Ireland targeted his side's perceived lack of physical threat in Saturday's 26-23 defeat at the Aviva Stadium.
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The former Leinster boss will not flinch from putting the Wallabies through the training wringer again this week, ahead of their final autumn Test.
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Cheika believes the Wallabies have grown steadily grittier up front since he took the helm at the start of November, and challenged his players to prove it.
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"I think when Ireland carried they thought they could outmuscle us a little bit more," said Cheika.
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"It's up to us to harden up and shake off that image, I'm not sure why it's there but we've been very physical in the last few weeks.
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"We've somehow got to shed that tag, and the tag that our scrum isn't strong as well.
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"Our scrum was quite good on Saturday, but I don't think we got the pay we deserved from that."
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