‘I was supposed to get this done for the people here and for Australians… F***** so disappointed’: Michael Cheika devastated with loss to England as his contract with Australia comes to end after World Cup exit
- England thumped Australia 40-16 to reach the Rugby World Cup semi-finals
- Australia have been knocked out of the quarter finals three times, all by England
- Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he felt he had let down Australia fans
- The 52-year-old’s contract expire at the end of the tournament in Japan
Australia coach Michael Cheika showed his dismay for his side’s 40-16 thrashing against England by swearing in his post-match interview.
The Wallabies were knocked out at the Rugby World Cup quarter-final stage for the third time – all coming at the hands of England, with his contract now coming to end.
Tries from Johnny May, Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson led England to victory, with Marika Koroibete scoring for the Aussies.
Australia boss Michael Cheika said he wanted to reach the semi-finals ‘for the Australians’
But Cheika couldn’t hide his devastation after watching his team fall away later on in the game, adding that he felt he had let down Australian fans.
‘I was supposed to get this done for the people here and for Australians. F***** so disappointed,’ he told SparkSport.
‘We played quite well, the first 50 or 60, again we gave away two intercepts and they defended well and the better team won. That’s the way it is sometimes, we got to suck it up.’
He opted not to criticise the players’ performances, saying they ‘put their bodies on the line’
Cheika refused to criticise the players on the pitch, saying they had ‘given everything’, but admitted that the team made too many mistakes
‘I think the lads put everything that I had into it today. I want all the Aussies that are here and back at home to know they gave it everything they put their bodies on the line. Yeah we made a few mistakes at different times.
‘They have given everything these lads. Over however long it has been. They are credit to their country and I know we are all so disappointed.’
Marika Koroibete scored Australia’s only try of the game and had a late one ruled out
Cheika took over from Ewan McKenzie at Australia in 2014 and led the Wallabies to 34 wins, while also overseeing 31 losses and two draws.
Under his guidance Australia reached the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, losing out to New Zealand 34-17.