Michael Cheika bites back at Eddie Jones before Rugby World Cup quarters

Marika Koroibete and co ground out victory against Georgia in Rugby World Cup Pool D

Marika Koroibete and co ground out victory against Georgia in Rugby World Cup Pool D

The two nations will nearly certainly meet in a quarterfinal in Oita on Saturday next week, unless the unthinkable happens and Uruguay topple Wales in the final pool D match on Sunday.

After his team's scheduled match against France was cancelled by Rugby World Cup officials because typhoon safety fears, Jones said his team would benefit from a two-week break in comparison to the Wallabies, who were pushed hard by rugged Georgia on Friday.

Cheika said all his former team-mate at Sydney club Randwick had actually done was heap additional pressure onto himself.

Cheika says he saw Jones saying that the cancellation would be an advantage and the "typhoon gods" were smiling on them.

"They've had the best preparation according to the coach so they'd better go out there and win".

Cheika was at his very best, ignoring questions about whether England are favourites and whether Australia will head into the quarter-final as underdogs.

"Mate, I don't know the relevance of it", he said. "It doesn't matter, all the different things, who's had a week off, who's had a week on, who's been resting, who hasn't".

Australia coach Michael Cheika.

The full-back did not return after undergoing a head injury assessment, but Cheika is optimistic he did not do serious damage ahead of a last-eight encounter which will most likely be against England next Saturday.

Cheika has mixed his squad around during the pool play as he looks to settle his strongest 23 for the knockout stages.

Wales take on Uruguay on Sunday night, and if that result goes to plan, the Wallabies and England will clash next Saturday.

Cheika warned his side they must be more clinical if they are to having any chance of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup.

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