Is this man the least thick-skinned Australian ever?

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On the night the All Blacks claimed a world record and place in history, they collected an enemy along the way.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was in no mood to play the role of gracious loser and instead let rip at what he perceived to be a chronic lack of respect shown by New Zealand and went so far as to say he even felt they had accused him of planting the mystery bug in Sydney which is part of an ongoing police investigation.

It was an extraordinary outburst by Cheika, revealing as it did how deeply the All Blacks and head coach Steve Hansen in particular have got under his skin.

Unfortunately for Cheika, he’s made it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

When he was told that the All Blacks could hardly be held responsible for the actions of a media outlet, he suggested, on the basis that the Herald broke the story about Spygate, that the two organisations were one and the same thing.

“I don’t think they want my comment anyway. They don’t. They dressed us up as clowns today so I don’t think they would respect our comment. It was on the front page of the paper. That’s the same guy who reported the supposed bug so that’s the way it is.

“Where did that come from? They don’t need our comment. [Australia]?are an unbelievably good team. The way they play the game is outstanding.”

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For what it is worth, I think Australia was robbed of the equalising 15-15 try by a TMO decision that should never have been made. ?It happened at a critical time in the game when Australia were clearly holding their own and were managing to disrupt the All Blacks.

But it doesn’t excuse Cheika’s constant battle with the world. ?He really needs to stop blaming everyone else and get back to the basics: ?his team can’t win enough games right now.

 

– NZ Herald

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