Cheika’s Lebanon happy with victory over Ireland despite fiery clash in Leigh at World Cup


Lebanon Cedars and former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is not getting carried about by his nation’s 32-14 victory over Ireland in a spiteful pool game in Leigh.

“It wasn’t a classic,” he said after the contest.

“It was scrappy and I think both teams were very nervous about the game which is fairly normal… it’s a World Cup and it’s a pivotal fixture.

“I think our fundamentals got us through. I would have liked us to keep our emotions a bit more to ourselves but that comes with the territory.

“I’m a bit of a dampener unfortunately, it’s not done until it’s done. Fiji played Uruguay in the Union World Cup and thought they had it then Uruguay came back and pinched it off them. I don’t even want to put those thoughts anywhere near my head.

“We want to progress as far as possible.”

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