Cheika dressed up as clown after All Blacks whop Wallabies
WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika would have been smarting this morning after his team went down 37-10 to the All Blacks, off the back of a refereeing decision which has enraged Australians everywhere.
However in all likelihood its the New Zealand Herald's depiction of the 49-year-old coach that he will remember in years to come - long after the sting of the Kiwi's record breaking win subsides.
The New Zealanders won their 18th test on the trot last night - setting a new world record for the longest run of test victories in international Rugby.
Before that the Springboks of the late 90s had been tied with the All Blacks from the 60s - each with 17 wins in a row.
But it was the media rather than Union stats that were at the forefront of Coach Cheika's mind when he delivered an exceptional spray during a press conference last night.
"I don't think they want my comment anyway, they don't, they dressed us up as clowns today so they wouldn't really want our comment, it's not like they respect our comment so we won't make one," Cheika said when asked whether relations had soured with our firends on the other side of the ditch.
"It was on the front page of the paper ... that's the same guy that reported the supposed bug isn't it?
"Where'd that come from? If that's the way it is that's fine but they don't need our comment."
Chieka said in reference to a back page cartoon that depicted him as a clown.
"I would say what got me off-side was the accusation that we tried to bug them, like, really?" he asked.
"They had that the whole week ... for me that showed a lack of respect, that stuff, because I wouldn't even be smart enough to get that stuff organised, I'm too busy working on my own team."
"It's only that they want to try to needle me or needle us.
"I wouldn't say it's friendly."
Cheika went on to accuse the All Blacks of poor sportsmanship in not inviting his side out for a beer after the game - an accusation New Zealand's head coach Steve Hansen has denied.
Hansen says the Wallabies were asked to come for a beer in his side's dressing room.