Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Michael Cheika stands by pledge as he steps down as Australia coach

Michael Cheika stands by pledge as he steps down as Australia coach

In contrast, All Black scrumhalf Aaron Smith was electric, scoring two first half-tries that put Ireland on the ropes and shepherding his forwards around the park in a dominant performance. Three Christiano Lealiifano penalties kept Australia in touch at 17-9 at the break and Marika Koroibete's try soon after cut the lead to a point but prop Kyle Sinckler then blasted through and, and after Farrell's goalkicking stretched the lead, Anthony Watson finished it in style with a the fourth try.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika quit Sunday after their humiliating World Cup quarterfinal exit against England, reports said. We didn't get it, which is pretty gutting for a lot of reasons.

And with England's young flankers Tom Curry and Sam Underhill - dubbed the "kamikaze kids" by Jones for their fearless all-action style - leading the way, the Red Rose brigade were able to dominate a key aspect of the match. "All we wanted to do was play well for him tonight".

He's been part of a winning World Cup team with South Africa, he's had the disappointment of losing to England when he was coaching Australia but to get to the final is being successful anyway, even if you don't win it.

The former Clermont and Leinster boss could not break Ireland's World Cup quarter-final curse though, but McGrath is adamant it will not leave a lasting mark for the 54-year-old.

In part this was a outcome of England's resilience, with prop Kyle Sinckler - who scored his maiden Test try in this match - making one of several important defensive rips.

"This group of players have achieved and that's the one thing that remains and it continues to remain elusive so we're incredibly disappointed".

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"The scoreline says they were the much better team on the day". Those of us who have been around for long enough understand the game is bigger than everybody else.

"They have obviously got a certain way that they play the game and I thought that we took a fair bit of their kick out of the game", Cheika added. So I found that a little bit hard at times, yeah.

"I think when I get some distance to reflect on maybe 75 Test matches and we've won 74% of them, there's been some incredibly good days".

'That bit when they were really challenging our line and coming and coming in waves, and then they went to the scrum and kept coming.

The champions burst out of the blocks and were 22-0 up after 32 minutes through Barrett's 35th global try.

"They didn't really have to earn that". He brought Irish rugby and probably my game in particular to a different level when he came here and a lot of credit must go to him and just a massive thanks to him.

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