Hoiles: “I don’t think I’ve seen a game like that”
Former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles told Mat Thompson and Tony Leonard on Macquarie Sports Radio Mornings that he’s never seen a game like Australia’s incredible win over Argentina.
The Wallabies trailed the Pumas 31-7 at half time in Salta and were staring down the barrel of their first ever Rugby Championship wooden spoon.
Until coach Michael Cheika unleashed an almighty half time spray, inspiring the Wallabies to a remarkable 45-34 win.
Hoiles said, “I don’t think I’ve seen a game like that, where you could quite easily say it was the worst 40 minute performance I’ve seen from the Wallabies in as long as I can remember. And it was probably the best 40 minutes in the 2nd half. It was almost like an entire new team came out in the second half.
“I think it was just a change in attitude and we saw the rev up from the coach… I think the message that’s come out was that he was just disappointed in the players. That they weren’t playing with enough passion and heart and to change that in the second half.”
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Hoiles also revealed he’s a big fan of Cheika’s sprays, “I had to chuckle at home. I’ve been in a lot of dressing sheds with Michael as the coach and I’ve always liked that approach from him. That’s when he gets the best out of his side.
“As he evolves as a coach he doesn’t like the fact that he has to do that so often. And it is disappointing it had to come down to a spray like that and it was physical and it was ranting and raving. But maybe that’s exactly what this group needs.”
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