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Michael Cheika takes cheeky dig at England's tactics ahead of Saturday's showdown

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Australian Rugby Union coach Michael Cheika looks to have made a sly dig at the tactics of close rivals England given the previous performances from the fixture.

England have gotten the better of their Australian counterparts recently, stringing together an impressive five-game winning streak against the Aussies dating back to June of 2016. 

Last time out in November of 2017, England recorded their greatest winning margin against Cheika's men, with 24 points separating the two teams.

Australia have not defeated England since 2015, and Cheika has suggested it may be down to the cheap tactics put in place by head coach Eddie Jones.

Cheika has made it very clear he respects Jones and that the two have established a friendship from back in their playing days, but that has not stopped him from taking a dig at his tactics.

Cheika slyly accused Jones of using his men to consistently target Australia's wing backs with late tackles, something Cheika believes was used to get in the heads of the Aussie players.

But then in his next breath, he added: “They have had a few wins the last couple of years, so it is probably working for them. We have got to make sure we get on top of that.”

While not outright accusing Jones in the public media, he has made it clear that there has been some distasteful memories of this fixture as of late.

England face the Wallabies tomorrow in London, the final game of the Autumn Internationals.

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Coming off their greatest winning margin ever against the Aussies, England will look to build off the strong performances they have had lately against the Wallabies. 

England could make it six wins in their last six against their distant neighbours, and now eyes will be on Australian coach Cheika, the England team, and just how they perform, with particular focus on any late tackles on the Aussie wing backs.

The two nations have squared off 49 times, dating back to 1909, a win for England could move the all time series to 25-24-1 still in favor of the Aussies.

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