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26 SPORT MONDAY AUGUST 29 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Ryan, but the English-born coach said money was not the issue and that he was ready to take on fresh challenges. One offer is believed to have come from the Japan national rugby sevens team and others from Super Rugby teams in Australia, Japan and New Zealand. Fiji were heavy favourites for gold in Rio and defeated Great Britain by a comprehensive margin in the final. FIJI rugby sevens coach Ben Ryan is weighing almost 20 job offers that have poured in since he guided the country to its gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Ryans contract with the Fiji Rugby Union ends on September 3 and he has resisted all efforts to keep him in the job he has held since 2013. Fiji sports organisations mounted a major effort to raise money to match rival offers for VINCE RUGARI Wallabies in free-fall but coach is not one to worry Australian coach Michael Cheika at fulltime following New Zealands 29-9 win over the Wallabies in Wellington on Saturday night Picture: PHIL WALTER Cheika furious with ref Coaches at loggerheads on secret-meeting allegationAUSTRALIA coach MichaelCheika launched a blistering attack on referee Romain Poite after his team lost to New Zealand 29-9 on Saturday, saying he was bitterly disappointed at the Frenchmans treatment of Wallabies captain Stephen Moore. Cheika accused Poite of not liking Moore, ignoring the captain as he questioned rulings during Saturdays match in Wellington, and of having pre-determined attitudes towards Australias players. The Australian Rugby Union was also reported to be planning a complaint to World Rugby that Poite held a secret meeting with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen before the Test, and that Cheika wasnt offered a similar meeting. Cheika made a similar charge during Australias series against England in June, claiming England coach Eddie Jones secretly met with South African referee Craig Joubert. Hansen said yesterday he did not meet Poite. He said he and All Blacks scrum coach Mike Cron met assistant referee Jaco Peyper at Peypers request to discuss elements of scrum rules but he had not met a match referee before a Test for almost two years. Its quite sad that thats come out, because its not true, Hansen said. Unless saying gday Romain in the morning (was a meeting). He stayed here at this hotel. The All Blacks clinched the three-Test Bledisloe Cup series with a match to play. New Zealand beat Australia 42-8 in Sydney a week earlier, and Saturdays win extended their Bledisloe Cup run to 14 years. It was also Australias sixth straight loss, including last years Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand and a 3-0 series loss to England in June. I was bitterly disappointed, to be honest, Cheika said. Im on record with the referees boss Alain Rolland about the treatment to our captain and our players, by Romain Poite, and also by Nigel Owens over this last year. Im not quite sure why, but there was a time in the game in a break in play when the na tional captain of Australia was asking the referee, When might there be an opportunity for me to talk to you? And he absolutely ignored him. The referee may not like the captain personally ... but he has to afford him that opportunity if he is affording it to his opponents, Cheika said. I dont know if its subconscious or not but its there, and its got to be dealt with because it cant be that the opponents can say everything to the referee. All Blacks determined to keep Cup JAMIE PANDARAM MICHAEL Cheika insists he doesnt feel his jobs under pressure as the Wallabies begin picking up the pieces from a disastrous Bledisloe Cup campaign. Taking stock after losing 29-9 to the All Blacks in Saturdays second Test in Wellington and having conceded 10 tries while scoring just one in back-to-back clashes with the world champions Cheikas team badly need to show prog ress in the rest of the Rugby Championship campaign. They will regroup before tackling South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday week. Another defeat would bring Australias losing streak to seven Tests the number that led to Eddie Joness sacking in 2005, the teams worst run in the professional era. Three of those losses were to New Zealand and three to England, widely rated the best two teams in world rugby. But another bad loss at home against a mediocre Springboks team, who split their two Tests with Argentina, would crank up the pressure. Cheika doesnt feel his position is in jeopardy. I dont think I am (under pressure), Cheika said in Sydney yesterday. The only person who puts pressure on me is myself. Im not worried about that stuff. The Springboks were disappointing in a 26-24 loss to the Pumas in Argentina yesterday and may present the Wallabies with an opportunity to play themselves back into form. However, there is plenty of work to do. Australia barely had a chance in attack in Wellington, running the ball 187m to New Zealands 411m, and were held tryless as the rampant hosts crossed the white line four times en route to clinching the Bledisloe Cup for a 14th straight year. With no injured players expected back for Brisbane, Chei ka has already declared his intention to stick with Quade Cooper and Bernard Foley as the teams twin playmakers, while lock Adam Coleman brought some promising vigour in just his second Test appearance if overdone at times. Young backline utility Reece Hodge showed some signs in his debut off the bench, including kicking a monster 52m penalty, that suggest he could become a regular for years to come. Pumas turn tables in rare win over Springboks A WEEK after letting a winning chance slip through their fingers, Argentina beat South Africa 26-24 in the Rugby Championship to claim only their second victory over the Springboks. Replacement Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, the third goalkicker used by Argentina, kicked a penalty with three minutes remaining to clinch the win for the home team in Salta yesterday. South Africa had snatched the lead with a Morne Steyn goal five minutes earlier. For the second week in a row, Argentina saw a 10-point second-half lead evaporate. Last weekend in Nelspruit, South Africa, the Pumas led by 10 points with nine minutes remaining only to concede two late tries and lose 30-23. This time, Argentina held their nerve after Steyn seemed to snatch another Springboks victory, reclaiming the lead to match their first victory over South Africa in Durban last year. South Africa were left to rue goalkicking lapses starting flyhalf Elton Jantjies and Steyn jointly missed four kicks at goal, while Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Martin Hernandez and Iglesias maintained perfect records for Argentina, sharing six goals from six attempts. A try to fullback Joquin Tu culet, converted by Sanchez, who also kicked two penalties, helped Argentina to a 13-3 lead at half-time. But the Springboks erased that lead in only four minutes after the restart with a penalty to Jantjies and a try to winger Bryan Habana, converted by Johan Goosen. Argentina began to dominate at the breakdown through the middle stages of the second half and were rewarded with a 48th-minute try. Fiji coach lands 20 job offers JUST as George Gregan shouted four more years boys as the Wallabies side knocked New Zealand out of the 2003 World Cup, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has declared he does not plan to lose grip of the Bledisloe Cup until he steps away at the end of 2019. Having secured the trophy for a remarkable 14th straight year with victory in Wellington on Saturday, Hansen said it is inevitable the Wallabies will win the cup back one day, but he doesnt plan for that to happen for another three years. I thought about it at the start of the process, what it would feel like, and didnt like the idea of it, and I mentioned it to a few people and they didnt like the idea of it either, thats why they played as hard as they played, Hansen said. It means a lot to us, but one day its inevitable someones going to lose it for sure, Im just hoping its not on my watch. Along the line somewhere well get beaten and weve just got to cop that and take our lessons, understand where we went wrong and go and improve them. Its sport, people get beaten. Theres a winner and a loser all the time. At the moment were on a bit of a roll and things are going good for us. Hansen expressed concern about the state of Australian rugby as it struggles against the dominant football codes, rugby league and Aussie rules.