Australia have rugby Everest to climb

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    16 Oct 2016     Getty Images


Cheika said the Wallabies will have to play the game of their lives to win at Eden Park.

On the back of two earlier losses during the Investec Rugby Championship, and with the All Blacks looking to extend their unbeaten record, the Australians have a list of barriers to clamber over to win.


The All Blacks haven't lost in New Zealand since 2009, they last lost on Eden Park in 1994, Australia's last win in New Zealand was in 2001 and their last win at Eden Park was in 1986.

Cheika told Australian media, "You're going to have to play the best football of your life to get a result there.

"It's not about the internal issues or the external motivation or the external pressure, it's about being ready to play the best footy you can."

But making the task even more difficult will be the absence of ace halfback Will Genia. He hasn't been given the time to play by his Stade Francais club in France.

That is a blow given the good form Genia has shown for the side this year.

Australia will go into the game with Nick Phipps and Nick Frisby as their halfback options.

They are also likely to be without rising No.8 Sean McMahon while doubt remains whether David Pocock will be available. Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau was also unable to be considered due to having arm surgery during the week.

Cheika said Australia would need to improve their defence as the area most needing improvement from their two earlier losses to New Zealand.

"I think we got caught in those games where we gave up some tries on the edges. It was probably guys getting to know the system.

"We seem to have got ahead of that issue now – our defence has definitely improved over the last few games," he said.