Michael Cheika hopes to address Australia's penalty woes before England clash

Australia head coach Michael Cheika was concerned by the number of penalties his team conceded against Wales
Australia head coach Michael Cheika was concerned by the number of penalties his team conceded against Wales
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Australia head coach Michael Cheika has urged for better discipline from his team as they head to Twickenham to take on England on Saturday.

After beating New Zealand and Japan, Australia went on to beat Wales 21-29 at Millennium Stadium to begin their November Tests campaign with a victory. It was also their 13th consecutive win over Wales.

Despite the success, Cheika expressed concern about the discipline showed by the Wallabies as they conceded 15 penalties while skipper Michael Hooper was also sin-binned in the second half.

"Consistency is what we are looking for," Cheika said.

"We go inside the 10-metre, and we are penalised. Fair enough. Then two plays later, the linesman calls the referee and says the Welsh are inside the five-metre off a scrum and he says it's all good?

"There was just so much commentary coming from the sidelines.

"We've got to solve a problem we haven't had all year. We've not been in double digits almost all year, so to go 15 in our first game in Europe surprised me - and lose a player, too."

Australia's next game will be against England, who are on a roll under head coach Eddie Jones. The red rose team also claimed a 3-0 series victory over Wallabies in Australia last year but Cheika is unfazed by the challenge despite the home side touted as favourites for the Saturday's encounter.

"We understand that the pundits over here don't think we have much of a chance.

"They have already given England 3-0 (three wins) for November.

"One guy said, 'All respect to Australia, but a decent club side would beat them'. So I don't think there is too much for them to worry about.

"We will prepare every day like we are going to play our best game on Saturday, and go from there."

Asked about his coaching head to head with Jones, Cheika said: "It is irrelevant. It is Australia versus England, that's all that counts.

"It is not about fun with Eddie. We will have fun on our own in our own camp, and then we will prepare ourselves each day the best we can."

 

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