Jones wary of 'street fighter' Cheika, wounded Wallabies

Adam Ashley-Cooper

"He loves that, he's a street-fighter, so it does make them unsafe but at the same time we've had a tough year too and we don't mind a scrap either, so it should be a good scrap".

Australia beat Italy 26-7 on Saturday, keeping their unblemished record against the Azzurri intact in what was billed as a must-win match for Wallabies' embattled coach Michael Cheika.

Next up for Australia is a trip to Twickenham and a meeting with Cheika's old adversary Eddie Jones, and the Wallabies head coach is relishing the contest.

The Wallabies have not beaten England in five attempts since they demolished them at the 2015 World Cup and the barbs traded by Jones and Cheika at one another over the past two and a half years have been fascinating to observe.

Genia's first match at Twickenham nine years ago ended in an 18-9 victory for Australia, a win that was even sweeter as the Wallabies halfback had the opportunity to line up against one of his idols, Jonny Wilkinson.

Cheika, who began his coaching career in Padua, said he was happy with the performance, praising his team's defence which kept Italy at bay while prop Scott Sio, yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-down, was off the field. "I think they understand where we're strong and we understand where they're strong and it's going to be a battle of who can take away each other's strengths and find a way to probe their weaknesses".

Italy hosts world champion New Zealand in Rome next week.

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Last year Australia came to London high on confidence with four consecutive wins - including victory over the All Blacks - but were destroyed in the second half by England.

The win was another excellent defensive display from Cheika's men, who have now given up 16 points in two games, against a desperate Italian side who dominated large spells of possession in either half.

But Jones was glad to learn some lessons about England's squad depth ahead of next year's edition.

"We'll get out there and give it our absolute best".

England were a transformed side after Owen Farrell came off the bench at half-time.

"Well, if I was Japan and I had Michael Leitch off the field, I'd be a bit anxious too", he said. I don't get that stuff personally, because for mine their play under him has improved and they're playing good footy. If I was Ireland with (Jonathan) Sexton off the field, I'd be a bit anxious.

"For the life of me, why you don't go upstairs when it's there, is just beyond belief. Of course he's important to us".

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