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'There's no one hurting more than me when I walk down the tunnel and see my two kids there crying'

Michael Cheika is building up to another crack at the All Blacks.

Australia head coach Michael Cheika.
Australia head coach Michael Cheika.

MICHAEL CHEIKA INSISTS he is his own toughest critic amid growing dissatisfaction with Australia’s lack of competitiveness in the Bledisloe Cup.

New Zealand defeated the Wallabies 38-13 in Sydney last weekend to take the lead in the three-Test series, which the All Blacks can wrap up with another victory in Auckland on Saturday.

Australia have managed to record just two wins over their neighbours since 2011, and the latest limp display at ANZ Stadium has seen the scrutiny over Cheika’s leadership intensify ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.

“I think it’s fair for people to have a negative response. We got beat, they wanted us to win. There’s nothing wrong with that,” he said.

“When my team loses, I want them to win. I’m negative as well. I’ll tell you now, there’s no one hurting more than me when I walk down the tunnel and see my two kids there crying.

“So it is built on emotion. There’s emotions for us as well. But we’ve got to try to keep it clear with what we’re doing.

“For me, I feel no matter who is throwing rocks, I’m in a good place because I’m always the hardest critic on myself… I’ve said it to myself already, and recovered from it and feel stronger for it to go back and turn the negative into a positive. Call me crazy.”

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