Monday’s rugby news has the Wallabies sitting on top of the Rugby Championship ladder, Cheika saying All Blacks are still on top, Quade Cooper’s twitter tirade and All Blacks steal win.
Wallabies Top Table
The Wallabies currently sit on top of the Rugby Championship ladder after defeating Argentina in Mendoza with a bonus point.
The All Blacks and Wallabies both sit on 9 points but the Wallabies are ahead by one point on points differential.
Two quick tries in the last three minutes from Adam Ashley-Cooper and Tevita Kuridrani pushed the score out to 34-9.
Dean Mumm also marked his test return with a five-pointer just after half time.
The winner of the Rugby Championship will now be decided in Sydney in a fortnight when the All Blacks take on the Wallabies.
All Blacks Still Top: Cheika
Despite the Wallabies going to the top of the Rugby Championship ladder, Michael Cheika insists that the All Blacks are still the rulers of World Rugby.
“It’s two games, you look at the competition table after two games, that’s not when it finishes,” Cheika said.
“This year it’s a little closer, but it’s very obvious that New Zealand are the best team in the world, and I mean by a long way at this stage.
“To beat South Africa like they did, I think they did it pretty easy in the end.
“They’ve been so consistent over so many years, so just having a couple of wins in The Rugby Championship, you’re not going to guarantee anything.
“We’ve got to work really hard over the next couple of weeks, plan well and really make sure that we run out at ANZ Stadium in a couple of weeks’ time we’re ready to make Australian rugby people proud of how we play.”
Quade’s Twitter Tirade
Quade Cooper has taken to Twitter to express his frustrations over an alleged team discussion and his sin binning during the Wallabies match against Argentina.
Cooper tweeted last night: “Invite me to youre next team discussion then ask me how much I give a f*ck about your team selection? Zero f*cks given…..”
Cooper also retweeted someone who said: “come play league bra. Soft sin bin”
It is still unknown what caused Cooper’s comments. The tweet has since been deleted.
Meanwhile Michael Hooper has been cited for striking an Argentinian player after he was held back during Dean Mumm’s try. Hooper could miss the Bledisloe Cup if found guilty.
All Blacks Steal Win
The All Blacks have defeated the Springboks in Johannesburg 27-20.
The Springboks led for the majority of the game until a clever lineout move saw Ritchie McCaw go over in the 74th minute to take the lead.
“You’ve got to keep hanging in there,” All Blacks captain Ritchie McCaw said.
“That comes down to a bit of belief, and I guess guys holding their nerve.”
South African captain Schalk Burger praised the All Blacks ability to win the match.
“They showed tonight why they are so tough to beat,” Burger said.
Ma’a Nonu sustained a shoulder injury in the match whilst Brodie Retallick suffered an ankle injury.