Cheika bemoans lack of Australian discipline

3:21 PM GMT

ALLIANZ STADIUM, Sydney — A frustrated Michael Cheika will continue to pursue the official channels as he seeks clarification on certain laws that seem to be a problem for his Wallabies.

Australia slumped to a fourth straight defeat on Saturday night as they were beaten 44-40 by England in a pulsating Test at Allianz Stadium — the four-point victory giving the tourists a 3-0 series sweep.

For the second time this month, the Wallabies outscored England five tries to four. But they paid the price for some poor discipline, with England sharp-shooter Owen Farrell kicking six penalties in a personal 24-point haul.

“If I was to give it a rating, it would probably be a five or six,” Cheika said of the Wallabies’ discipline.

“I don’t think that all of the penalties, all of that has been just responsible from our discipline. It’s been no secret that I haven’t been happy with the refereeing and we’ve tried to make that point, by sending our clips in and following the channels.

“But it’s cost us a lot of points, hasn’t it? You can’t deny that. How many, 66?

While he didn’t confirm which areas he was unhappy about, Cheika said he’d already held discussions with officials as to the where the Wallabies were losing out.

The penalty which gave England the breathing space they needed late on appeared to be one such call with the tourists on the right side of referee Nigel Owens’ decision despite a clear infringement from lock Maro Itoje.

“Just lots of little things,” Cheika replied when asked whether it was the refereeing of the breakdown, specifically, that he was unhappy with.

“They’re discussions that I have with the referees. I want to follow the process because if I don’t I’m a relatively easy target on that front. And so I would just like to follow the proper process that’s in place, which I have been doing, and hope that by being consistent in showing what we feel then we’ll get some changes.”

While he wasn’t confident that would achieve anything, Cheika said he would at least try to convince the officials of the Wallabies’ injustices.

A greater focus however, and one he can exercise some actual control over, will be reviewing a series sweep and then picking up the pieces before the Rugby Championship.

“That’s only a small part of this post-Test series, the major part will be to assess what we need to do to eliminate the small errors, the accuracy that’s shutting down the play that we’re creating because we’re playing a lot of attacking rugby and we don’t want to stop doing that,” he said.

“This is always a risk when you do that, that if you’re not accurate, and this has been my coaching story since day one, when your teams aren’t accurate they get hit a lot on the counter and in this series we haven’t been accurate enough with the small details.

“And that’s anything from being in a ninth or tenth phase, having the opposition on the back foot, and the small spinning out the back of a ruck and getting kicked through or not holding onto one thing or kicking a ball out into touch that should be going into touch and picking those right times.

‘So they’re the small accuracies that we need to have to win more moments in a game, and when you win more moments in a game you get the result.”

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