Cheika confident ahead of All Blacks' Test

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    29 Jul 2019     Getty Images

Cheika's main concern after his side's 16-10 win was with his side's handling in the dewy conditions in Brisbane, something they would need to correct to beat the All Blacks.


But Cheika believes his side is capable of taking the All Blacks all the way.

"[We'll take] as big a step as we want to take. It's up to us. It's the step that we're prepared to take," he said after the Brisbane game.

"We're prepared to go up another, I don't know how many levels it might take, but whatever it is, it's about whether we want to take a step up and whether we will take a step up to go and compete there," he said.

Cheika said any one of his 23 players would be ready to go against New Zealand in Perth.

"What I'm seeing in the way that the guys are going about their business is you had a lot of guys play their first game tonight and saw that they were very committed in what they brought. There was no lack of effort on the field.

"I think anyone that comes in, whether they've played games or they haven't, they'll be ready to go and try to build on that momentum. We know how difficult that task will be but I really believe in these players.

"Just the environment they're creating at the moment amongst themselves – nothing to do with us – will help them down the line to achieve bigger things than they thought they could earlier on in the year," he said.

Australia's scrum was an area of dominance against Argentina, especially when Taniela Tupou and James Slipper were introduced as substitutes in the second half.

"I want to keep building there. I'm pleased but I want to be more pleased, if that's a reasonable thing to say, I think we have a lot of potential there.

"These are key areas of the game where in tournament play in particular they count for a lot. Yes, tonight was good, we built on last week but we want to keep building when we get to the next game," he said.

Captain and flanker Michael Hooper said after the side's win on Saturday they would be looking to add to their effort and get better.

"I think we've got so much more to grow on and off the field," he said.

"I think it was a really exciting game, both teams in it until the end.

"We held them right out there, until the [74th] minute, against a team that can really put on a show in attack, so our commitment in defence was great.

"I was really pleased with how we grew in attack. We're building nicely and gaining momentum here going into the next couple of weeks," he said.