Cheika urges Wallabies to keep it real

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The Wallabies just pulled off a historical first, relegating a World Cup host to spectator status before the end of the pool stages, but coach Michael Cheika is urging them to keep it real.  

Australia’s 33-13 win over England means they are assured of a quarter-final spot, creating a top-spot shootout against Wales next Saturday. 

And while Australia might have headed into the game as underdogs, a status Cheika admitted to during the week, they will not be viewed as outsiders any longer. 

None of that fazes Cheika, though, whose next challenge is to continue the momentum after an emotion-charged week.

“This whole journey for us is about ourselves and where we've come from, maybe 12 months ago,” he said. 

“We’ve still got so much to do. 

“It’s just about improving each day. 

“I’m not going to change my tune of what I’ve been saying  or what we’ve been doing because we won a game.

"We’ve just got to keep doing it, stay real, be humble and get on to the next day’s preparation and try and improve a bit.”

It wasn’t just the result that alerted opponents as to the threats the Wallabies pose but the way they won. 

Though they stuck to their high-speed attacking game, they showed exactly how far their scrum had come since November last year, when they last played at Twickenham.

Six scrum penalties to England’s two was the statistic that most signalled the change in the Wallabies but Cheika said there was no sense of a job having been done. 

“The scrum is, and Mario’s (scrum coach Mario Ledesma) taught me this,  a very humbling part of the game,” he said. 

“You can dominate one and get your pants pulled down on the next  if you’re not on top of the game. You’ve got to try to be consistent. 

"That went well for us tonight but we’ve got to be consistent with it again next week and  again and again.

“ We’re seeing teams really focus on that part of the game and get good technique there so everyone’s a threat.” 

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore said he was pleased with the way the set pieces fell against England.

“In any big Test like this, the set piece is key and we knew that was going to be the case tonight and we prepared that way,” he said. 

“Some of the stuff went pretty well for us and I guess it’s important now to get back to the drawing board on Monday and get ready for Wales. 

:”We had a big focus on England this week but tomorrow it’s all about Wales and preparing for that game. 

“Once again that set piece is going to be key.” 

What a win for the #Wallabies!! Hear exclusively from skipper Stephen Moore in the sheds after we secured progress through to the Quarter Finals! #StrongerAsOne

Posted by Wallabies on Saturday, 3 October 2015

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