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.
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:
— Rich Leigh (@RichLeighPR) June 18, 2016
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.