Michael Cheika Dismisses ‘Laughable’ Steven Hansen All Blacks Comments
Not a chance.
Wallabies boss Michael Cheika has laughed off comments from All Blacks boss Steven Hansen ahead of their Bledisloe opener, after he claimed Australia are favourites.
Cheika’s side emerged victorious 23-18 the last time the sides met in the third and final Bledisloe of last year, breaking a six-game winless drought stretching back to 2015.
But the All Blacks have won 15 of the previous 19 games between the two, and Cheika is having absolutely none of it.
“He’s a great coach but I think he may have had that one wrong because I don’t think many of his players would believe it to be honest,” Cheika told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I don’t think it’s very realistic. It’s pretty irrelevant at the end of the day.”
Former Australia captain Stirling Mortlock has also laughed off Hansen’s claims.
“There’s been a lot of pleasing signs for Australia this year so I’m not going to just write us off,” Mortlock told Australian Associated Press this week.
“But I think it’s pretty laughable that Steve could put it out there and claim that they’re underdogs.
“New Zealand’s dominance has been outstanding. Not just against Australia but on a global stage.”