Hansen fires back at Cheika
24 October, 2016, 12:00 am
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has fired back at Wallabies counterpart Michael Cheika, telling him to stop “whining”.
Cheika let rip after suffering a third Bledisloe Cup defeat this season; the latest a 37-10 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park.
In another bizarre post-match press conference rant, Cheika made it clear just how strained trans-Tasman rugby ties have become.
Michael Cheika talks following the loss to the All Blacks, when questioned about the performance suggested that the Wallabies were disrespected in the media this week.
Not for the first time this year he took aim at officials; the media and, finally, the All Blacks and the Sydney bugging incident.
Hansen felt the Wallabies coach was feeling the heat after leading his team to the first dual 3-0 series defeats in history; one to the All Blacks, the other against England in June.
“He’s obviously feeling the pressure and had a bit of a meltdown,” Hansen said.
“The best thing he can do is stop whining. If he doesn’t think people are respecting him then ask yourself why would the media dress me up as a clown and then go and fix those problems.
“He’s a good man and he’s under pressure.”
Asked if he had invited the Wallabies for a post match beer, Hasen said the door was open.
“There’s always an open invitation for any side to come and have a beer. I don’t know if they were in any mood for a beer.”
Cheika earlier aired tensions and teed off during an extraordinary press conference.