After losing by 35 points in 2016 and 20 points past year to the Kiwis at ANZ Stadium, Cheika's side was soundly beaten again in the Sydney Bledisloe opener 38-13, with a woeful lineout and poor attack gifting New Zealand the ball they needed to carve up. "Quite rare really", Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said.
"We've got to stay at it".
"I see that, I do". I don't think there's a magic pill here and "I'll do this and I'll do that".
As play continued at ANZ Stadium, Australia No 8 Pocock parked his pilfering instincts to prioritise Crotty's wellbeing.
"But I want the short-term wins as well".
Captain Kieran Read made a solid return to the side after a long lay-off from back surgery while lock Brodie Retallick was brilliant in his first test for almost a year, scoring a second half try and adding huge drive to the All Blacks' scrum.
Byrne, Australia's skills coach, is well placed to offer judgment, having previously held the same role with New Zealand for a decade.
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"But it's actually not a long-term injury at all, just a lot of swelling". From our understanding as long as you fully recover and don't go back when you're not fully recovered, then you're OK.
Australia led 6-5 at halftime but, presumably after some stern words from Steve Hansen, New Zealand owned the second half with increased vigour and objective and Jack Goodhue started the procession as he streaked away for his first Test try in the 43rd minute.
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It made the Wallabies' backrow veterans David Pocock and Michael Hooper ascendant at breakdowns, further slowing and frustrating New Zealand's attack.
"I thought he did OK out there when he went on", Cheika said.
"There's no more room for manoeuvre around "We can slip up here".
"We wanted to attack the set piece because that's where the game's won and lost", he said. "New Zealand did really well to stop us there and I don't know if we got above three phases tonight, and when we did the Kiwis shifted the ball, moved us and scored within one or two phases".
"We went backwards in one which wasn't good", he admitted.