TALENT spread thin across five Australian teams is no excuse for the poor performances of Australia’s Super Rugby players, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has declared ahead of a SANZAAR board meeting this week.
Cheika says he will accept the ARU cutting one of its five teams at Thursday’s meeting if it is in the best interests of Australian rugby, but made clear that the current crop of players must not use having five teams as an excuse for the disastrous start to the 2017 season.
The Melbourne Rebels have leaked 127 points in the first two games, the Brumbies are also winless after two games for the first time since 1999, and the Waratahs lost 55-36 to the Lions last weekend — the first time they’ve conceded 50 points since their 96-19 thrashing to the Crusaders in 2002.
It comes as television figures show a New Zealand derby outrated every game involving Australian teams on Australia’s Fox Sports last week.
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