CHEIKA RESPECTS IRELAND.
Byline: CIARAN O RAGHALLAIGH MICHAEL CHEIKA is refusing to
MICHAEL CHEIKA is refusing to read into Ireland's disappointing Six Nations campaign and insists Joe Schmidt's men will be "right up there" at the World Cup.
The former Leinster boss, now in charge of Australia, looked on as Ireland were outmuscled in Dublin by England before watching Pool D rivals Wales dish out a hammering to Schmidt's men on TV back home in Oz.
But Cheika (inset) is reluctant to pay too much attention to those results and laughed off suggestions Schmidt's team "have been figured out".
"Absolutely not," he added when asked if the men in green peaked too soon. "I believe every game has its own life. When you turn up it's zero-zero and that's why the team that's running last can be the team that's running first on any given day. "I certainly wouldn't be saying Ireland have been figured out.
"Joe's been pretty unbelievable as a coach in Ireland if you think about it. There's going to be the odd person here or there who might say something like that but I certainly don't believe that. "He's got an excellent strategy. We battled against them in three tests in Australia so we saw it close up. They'll be right up there when the whips are cracking for sure."