Wallabies manager Michael Cheika is predicting a poor run in the forthcoming Rugby Championship except there is a line drawn under the Super Rugby season.
The coach asked that Australia Rugby looks forward in the Rugby Championship else the results would not be different.
In the Super Rugby, all five of the Australian sides lost more games that they could win. Conference topping Brumbies got just six victories in 15 games. Cheika named 38 players from four of the eliminated sides but he asked that a line be drawn.
The Reds and Waratahs had 12 and 10 players in, while the Force had nine. Cheika demanded that the Wallabies raised their game ahead of their clash with New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship in Sydney next month.
Cheika pointed to the recent games between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions. He said the results were influenced by the Lions putting “a bit of pressure on at different times of the game” even though the New Zealand side were missing some crucial players throughout the series.
The coach added that the players in his camp were different from those in the Lions team so their play would be different. He added that the New Zealand side still have “so much weaponry” that the team would prepare for in the following weeks.He said the Lions-All Black series was “more about intensity” and that it “almost eliminated the tactical stuff.”
The Wallabies extended squad are to convene in state based camps before they meet in Newcastle next week ahead of the August 19 opener against New Zealand.