Wallabies knockers don’t faze coach Cheika

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is adamant his team were never rocked by the “loud few” who tried to destabilise the side.

Cheika and skipper Stephen Moore copped a wave of external criticism following the side’s recent six-match losing run.

But the pressure valve was finally released last Saturday when the Wallabies recorded a 23-17 win over South Africa in Brisbane.

Australia have the chance to make it two wins on the trot when they take on Argentina in Perth on Saturday night.

Cheika is well aware the Wallabies still have plenty of room for improvement.

But he said some of the recent negativity directed at the team didn’t affect the people within the inner sanctum.

“For every one (person) that you see criticising, we get five or 10 going up to say, ‘Good on you, stay at it’,” Cheika said.

“That’s because we’re playing for Australia, mate. And the majority of people want Australia to win no matter what.

“Not like the loud few.”

Cheika, the 2015 world rugby coach of the year, said he had no problem handling the recent criticism directed at him.

“Mate, I’m as good as gold,” Cheika said.

“I’m not happy about losing obviously. But if you lose a game, the last person who’s got to go around sulking is me.

“You get up, and you get back off the floor, and get into another week.”

Cheika has already blooded seven new players this year.

And he could field two more debutants against Argentina in Perth.

Tom Robertson is in line to replace injured prop Allan Alaalatoa, while second-rower Lopeti Timani is also pushing for a debut.

Cheika has urged his side to play with more freedom, saying they were too hesitant at times against the Springboks.

“Just because we won last week, it doesn’t mean all the issues have gone away,” Cheika said.

“The quality of our football wasn’t at top level on the weekend, and we just got by.”

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