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Cheika pleased with Waratahs effort against Lions


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Article Published: Saturday 15 June 2013


Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says that he was pleased with his team's performance against the British and Irish Lions and even though they lost 17-47 they will learn from the experience.

The match at the Sydney Football Stadium drew a capacity crowd of 40,805 who witnessed a display of world class rugby.

Head Coach Michael Chieka praised the effort from his tenacious young side in the absence of 11 international players through representative duty and injury.

Cheika said after the match, "I was very, very happy with the effort. I thought we got stuck right in - it was a good physical battle, we worked hard at the ruck."

"I think where we did get caught out is when we got turned over and their class showed.

"I thought we gave them a good shake around the fringes of the ruck. We got stuck into their nine and 10 a fair bit and it unsettled them in certain stages and we were able to put some good play of our own together as well."

"I thought we strung a lot of passes together and we were able to get into space," he said.

With one final match of their Super Rugby remaining, Cheika said the match had also provided invaluable experience.

"On our journey this season it's a really good game for us because that's international Test match intensity. "

"We need to learn how to adapt to that. I feel the lads got a lot out of it and the next time we come up against a big international opposition, we'll learn from that experience and lift our level around the areas where we were a little bit brittle tonight."

The British and Irish Lions play the Brumbies on Tuesday and then the first Test against the Wallabies is on Saturday in Brisbane.

 
 
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