The Wallabies have put on a dominant performance against Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup clash on Sunday.
The final scoreline of 65-3 eclipsed New Zealand’s 58-14 thrashing of Namibia as the biggest victory of the tournament so far, but their 19 handling errors concerned the coach.
Australia had no trouble getting over the line, with the side scoring 11 tries to none – with doubles from Drew Mitchell, Ben McCalman and Sean McMahon.
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The victory see’s the Wallabies secure the all-important bonus point, but with the side also notching up 19 handling errors, coach Michael Cheika said that kind of performance just wouldn’t be good enough in their vital showdown with England next weekend.
“We’re looking at our game to see how we can improve,” Cheika said.
“Let’s be honest, we’re going to have to if we want to compete against England.
“There are a few players that definitely put their hands up for selection, there’s no doubt about that.”
England’s would be consigned to a pool exit with a loss – but Australia’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals would almost certainly be extinguished with a loss as well.
Cheika was adamant his team wouldn’t be relying on results going their way to ensure they process to the knock-out stages – sticking to the philosophy that four wins in the pool stages is the Wallabies’ only focus.
“No one’s won the World Cup unless they’ve won every game,” he said.
“I’ve never been here before but I figured that’s what you’ve sort of got to do.”
In a sour-note for the Aussie side, Quade Cooper was sent to the sin-bin for tackling Uruguayan No.9 Agustin Ormaechea high and then body-slamming him into the turf.
Cheika says they will be lodging an appeal.
It is Cooper’s third yellow card in his past four Tests – with sin-bins also coming against Argentina and New Zealand.
All three offences have been high tackles, perhaps suggesting a need to refine his technique.
“It was disappointing to be sin-binned as it was such an awesome atmosphere out there,” Cooper said.
“I am not sure on what’s going to happen now, it’s hard for me comment on that.
“I will just wait and see how it unfolds and continue to prepare and get better each day.”