Argentina will put more emphasis on their abuse in training this week and look to avoid the mistakes that cost them in Saturday’s Rugby League clash against Australia when they meet again next weekend , said coach Michael Cheika. The Wallabies manhandled two late attempts to overturn a 26-17 deficit and win their Southern Hemisphere Championship opener 41-26.
“I think we did really well for the first 50 or 60 minutes and then Australia did really well to come back and attack and put the pressure on us. We went a bit individually at the time and we so we were caught off guard,” Cheika said after the loss to the team he used to coach. “The biggest area was obviously three tries from the maul, so that’s something we really want to fix. It’s not acceptable.
“We see it as a front line of our team, and it was really disappointing as a team and it’s something we need to work on and transfer into the game,” he said as attention turns to this Saturday’s meeting in San Juan. Saturday’s clash in Mendoza proved a see-saw affair before Australia were awarded a penalty try, just after the hour mark, when Argentina illegally tried to stop a driving maul and that Matias Alemanno received a yellow card for adding to their misery.
It proved the turning point and victory was sealed with another try from a driving maul for hooker Folau Fainga’a. Cheika, who coached the Wallaby from 2014 to 2019, added that bad decisions at vital times also proved costly.
“We have to work harder now. We must not give up on the goals we have set for ourselves and we are looking to keep improving our performance,” added the Pumas coach.
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