Aussies' humiliation: 'We've let our country down'

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, captain Stephen Moore and Michael Hooper of the Wallabies talk after losing. Photo / Getty Images.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, captain Stephen Moore and Michael Hooper of the Wallabies talk after losing. Photo / Getty Images.

The Wallabies' humiliation is officially complete.

England proved they could play the attacking rugby that has been missing from their game in the opening two Tests to rack up a 44-40 win over the Aussies in Sydney.

That result confirmed a 3-0 whitewash for the visitors, making it the first time Australia has lost the opening three Tests of a home series in 45 years.

Coach Michael Cheika couldn't hide his frustration after the match.

"We've let our country down," he said. "I feel like we've let everyone down.

"It was a big series at home and we haven't delivered."

Here's how the rest of the world described the whitewash:


Georgina Roginson - Sydney Morning Herald

This is the World Cup hangover from hell.

Eight months after the Wallabies thrilled and spilled their way to a World Cup final under the charismatic coaching of Michael Cheika, they wear an entirely different honour.

They are the first Australian team in 45 years to lose a series three-nil after going down 44-40 to Eddie Jones' superior England.

Now, with two Bledisloe Cup clashes with New Zealand on the horizon, they face the frightening prospect of losing five on the trot. How quickly the mighty have fallen.

Steve James - Sunday Telegraph

Were England "dull", as Cheika said they were?

No! They scored 44 points! In the first half in particular they played with great pace, with George Ford flat on the gain line and troubling Australia at every opportunity. Ben Youngs was always looking for runners and this was especially obvious when Dan Cole scored England's first try after nine phases and after Mako Vunipola had made a huge bust.

They have lost 3-0 to England at home! That for any Australian is a calamity of the highest order. They have been excellent in patches but never consistently enough to beat this rampant England side.

And they will be concerned about New Zealand's imperious form as they prepare to meet them in the opening Rugby Championship match in mid-August.

Cheika is under serious pressure now. They have much to do.


England coach Eddie Jones:
"I'm an eternal optimist," Jones said. "There were weaknesses in the Australian side that we identified, I thought we could get them in certain areas, so the possibility of us winning 3-0 was always a strong chance."

"It's all been a bit of fun. I think it's been a great tour, fantastic for rugby, three really cracking games, it's brought rugby more into the sports landscape here."

Chris Foy for Daily Mail

This was a thunderous, pulsating classic. It is unlikely that there will be a better international this year, or for many a year. Both teams demonstrated courage and daring and glorious skill, while also finding the primal intensity to smash each other mercilessly.

The lead change hands umpteen times, but when it mattered, the visitors found a way to round off their mission Down Under in memorable fashion. In the process, they scored more points than they ever have before against one of the SANZAR giants away from home.



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