Super Rugby

Cheika not worried about Super Rugby form




Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has played down concerns about the standard of Australian teams form in Super Rugby this season.

Only the Brumbies and the Rebels have registered more wins than losses (both 4-2) while the only Australian team with a positive points difference is the Brumbies.

The last Australian team to win a Super Rugby title the Waratahs have won two matches and lost three while the Western Force have won one, lost five and the Reds have lost four and drawn one.

It is however the Australian teams record against the New Zealand sides that is the most alarming as they have failed to win any of their last seven clashes against Kiwi sides. The Reds draw with the Blues is the Australian teams best result.

The former Waratahs coach Cheika said he did not want to critique the five Australian teams performances and preferred to focus on his role of Wallabies coach in which he has to sort out the best players rather than teams.

“That seems to be the consensus that our teams are well behind their’s (New Zealand’s),” Cheika told AAP.

“I think for me, I’m not looking at how a team performs. It’s their coaches’ responsibility to do that.

“I’m not here to be a pundit around ‘oh yeah, they are playing good’ or ‘they are not playing that good.’

“What I need to do is see who is going well within our teams, what combinations are going well, who needs to improve and trying to get the best at putting that together.

“One thing I know for sure is that, having been a coach of Super Rugby recently, I know how a team’s performance in that competition can ebb and flow and players can get in form and try to stay in form and go out of form.”

Cheika held a training camp in Sydney on Monday and included almost 50 players in what was the second of three camps held after Super Rugby derby clashes.

The Wallabies face a three Test series against Six Nations Grand Slam winners in June before the Rugby Championship after the Super Rugby season.

Cheika focused on the players mental toughness and their mental preparation in the training camp on Monday.

“I think the team has still got a lot of improvement in regards to not just how we play the game, but also how tough we are mentally,” Cheika said.

“Exploring some of that area is really important for me so that the team understands how to deal with difficult situations and get better at that.”

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