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Rugby World Cup: Australia coach Michael Cheika only focusing on his side ahead of England clash

By Matt McGeehan

Published 28/09/2015

Can do better: Michael Cheika says Australia must improve
Can do better: Michael Cheika says Australia must improve

Australia head coach Michael Cheika has refused to stoke the fires of controversy ahead of an enormous World Cup tussle with England.

The Wallabies beat Uruguay 65-3 at Villa Park in Birmingham to join Wales on nine points in Pool A, where England sit third and are in danger of exiting their own tournament if they lose to Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Cheika, though, is concentrating solely on his side after an 11-try romp over the South American minnows in Birmingham.

"I know what I think. England are the home team, so they're going to be the favourites," Cheika said. "It's a tough place to win. That part is pretty straightforward."

The former Leinster boss paid little attention to England's defeat to Wales on Saturday and the impact on the Wallabies, who have lost on their last two visits to Twickenham.

"I don't even think about that stuff," Cheika added.

"I don't know how they'll be. That's their business. We are going to have to improve some of the pieces of our game, so we can get to the standards we need to be at for the game on Saturday and we're going to be working hard on our improvements.

"Our plan is not to have to scrounge through (to the quarter-finals). We've got to play well every game and let the results speak for themselves. We're not sitting in front of the TV barracking after one team or another.

"We're going to have to improve on the first two matches against England."

Cheika is relatively new to the international arena after a period of scandal and introspection for the Wallabies.

"I don't think I'm in the right position to be putting a critique on any other team. I'm a bit of a novice," he added. "My focus is squarely on the Australian team."

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