Michael Cheika wonders if the NSW Waratahs are in denial after a file-breaking 59-23 Gigantic Rugby loss to the Highlanders left his worn franchise staring down the barrel of an ancient and humiliating winless season.
The Waratahs leaked bigger than 40 parts for the seventh time this 300 and sixty five days to reward the Highlanders victory in Dunedin on Saturday night.
The Highlanders piled on 9 tries to 2 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, extending the Waratahs’ unprecedented losing traipse to 12 suits while racking up their most parts ever in a match against NSW.
Sitting closing, the Waratahs hang now conceded 225 parts at an common of larger than 56 a game in their four Trans-Tasman encounters.
Waratahs vice-captain Alex Newsome blamed breakdown points and an incapacity to exit their very like half after scoring parts for their most fresh loss, leaving worn Wallabies coach Cheika bewildered.
“I don’t know within the occasion that they are in denial here. I don’t if I’m staring at a diversified game of footy but they’re no longer talking about defence at all,” Cheika, the Waratahs’ handiest Gigantic Rugby-profitable coach, stated from the Nine commentary gross sales put apart.
“Or no longer it is factual about simply making tackles. I deem that comes down to personal ownership of the defence.”
Cheika stated no longer handiest did the Waratahs manufacture bad defensive reads and bustle out of the line, they lacked desperation and he puzzled the gamers’ commitment.
“It potentially goes abet to mindset as smartly,” he stated.
“I sign they’ve had so many modifications as smartly and there is loads gamers out (but) these items are fragment of who you is also as a crew.
“That is potentially something they’ll desire to work on – about ‘who’re we, we hang now obtained to head out and manufacture our tackles’ and then afterwards like it and transfer on to the following ingredient.”
In the occasion that they cannot beat the Chiefs next Saturday night in Sydney, the Waratahs will total a season with out a select for the first time in 35 years of professional rugby.
Newsome spoke pre-game of the emotional toll the Waratahs’ nasty campaign had taken on the gamers and Saturday night’s soul-destroying showcase might perchance well also no longer hang helped.
Moderately miraculously, given their “touch rugby” defence – as New Zealand commentators put it – the Waratahs if truth be told led at the half-hour stamp.
But schoolboy errors stamp them dearly as the Highlanders transformed a 33-23 halftime lead into a commanding bonus-level triumph with four unanswered five-pointers after the fracture.
“Or no longer it is miles the memoir of our season, in actuality,” Newsome stated.
Cheika stated he felt for Waratahs co-coaches Chris Whitaker and Jason Gilmore and for younger props Andrew Tuala and Darcy Breen, who held their very like at scrum time handiest to be let down by teammates.
“Coach Whitaker might perchance well also aloof be going furious up there, if truth be told,” Cheika stated.
“Love, one of the most stuff they personal is superior and one of the most stuff they personal you delight in to desire to end your eyes.”