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Cheika wants All Blacks' mental strength for his side

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    18 Aug 2016     Getty Images

Cheika, who saw his side lose to the All Blacks in last year's Rugby World Cup final, said the goal for his side was to develop their mental game.

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"We didn't have that in the past and we've been working hard on it over the last 12-15 months, 18 months now I suppose, and we want to continue to build that, so it's something that when a new player comes in the squad he really feels," he told media on Wednesday.

Cheika said Australia hadn't achieved the results they wanted in their 0-3 loss to England and it was a case of looking at what was needed to improve and to work to get back up.

"When we first went away [last season] we struggled a bit getting together and then we started to improve that toughness – we had a few setbacks during last year's Rugby Championship – went on a bit of a run, had another setback in the [World Cup] final, had a setback, come back again," he said.

The All Blacks had never lacked the mental steel required to snatch crucial draws in Bledisloe Cup games or to win in the dying seconds of games and that was what Cheika wanted from his side.

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It was the quality the Australian teams of the turn of the century, during the last Aussie Bledisloe Cup era, enjoyed and applied to the maximum against New Zealand.

"We want to do that now for ourselves so we can breed it into the future. What they've [the All Blacks] been able to do is do that and breed it into their future as well.

"I don't want to talk about their team because I don't want to have any backlash you know but I think they've really bred that into their team.

"So every player that comes out, you see it in the attitude, you can see it in their eyes.

"They've learned that from those experienced campaigners that they've had in the past.

"They've done it very well and that's why they're in the position that they're in and we'll be doing our best to challenge that on Saturday," he said.