Australia desperate to end Bledisloe Cup drought - Michael Cheika

Australia head coach Michael Cheika
Australia head coach Michael Cheika
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Australia head coach Michael Cheika admitted that the Wallabies are desperate to claim the Bledisloe Cup when they lock horns with New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.

The Wallabies have not claimed the Bledisloe Cup since 2002 and following their 47-26 win over Steve Hansen's men last weekend in Perth, they just need to ensure they don't lose the upcoming encounter to win the Cup for the first time in 16 years.

The defeat last weekend also saw New Zealand lose the Rugby Championship title and also the number one position in the World Rugby Rankings though they reclaimed the pole position back following Wales' defeat to England at Twickenham Stadium.

"The Bledisloe Cup means a lot. It doesn't just mean a lot when you have it, it means probably more when you don't have it," said the Australian boss ahead of the game.

"That pursuit of trying to get it sometimes you sit off and you sort of defer it and say we'll take the game in our stride.

"But that's only hiding from the fact that we know we haven't had it for a long time and we're hungry to go there and do our best to try and take a trophy obviously.

"We know we're going to come up against an excellent opponent who is going to be ready to go as well and that's why I suppose the game is so looked forward to and anticipated."

 

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