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Watch: ‘Dirty’ Tactics Employed By Australia At Scrum-Time

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: The pitch is churned up during a scrum during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Following on from last weekend’s historic win by England in Queensland, much humming and hawing was had regarding the officials interpretation at the breakdown with many Australian fans and management alike feeling somewhat dismayed.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11:  Scott Sio of the Wallabies packs into the scrum during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

With Michael Cheika and co. calling into question the legality of Dan Cole’s performance at the scrum as well as the performance of referee Romain Poite, Cheika was adamant during the week that he was to attend a referee’s scrum meeting called by England, just to add to the throes of mind games taking place.

Ahead of this mornings clash, in which England tackled and fought their way to an historic series victory in Melbourne by out-defending Australia for the majority of the game; Australia must have surely spent a great deal of effort on focusing on scrummaging.

However, if Michael Hooper’s ‘dirty’ tactics are in any way a representation of what had been going down on the training pitch mid-week, then Eddie Jones has surely come out as the victor of the ‘mind games war’ that has developed between himself and his Aussie counterpart as Cheika has seemingly gone to dire straits:

While we’re sure Hooper’s capitalisation on the playing conditions was in no way indicative of Cheika’s preparations, all one can do is laugh at Hooper’s approach as he reverts to childlike behaviour in order to avoid an unprecedented series loss for his nation.

 

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