Test Series

Cheika disappointed to lose early momentum

Australia coach Michael Cheika was disappointed to see his side lose the early momentum in Saturday's 39-28 defeat to England.

England turned around an early 10-0 deficit and held off a late Australia revival to win in a thrilling first Test at Suncorp Stadium, marking their maiden win in Brisbane.

Despite the loss, Cheika was not dissatisfied with the performance of the World Cup finalists, but is keen for them to maintain their early level for 80 minutes.

He told Fox Sports: "As soon as it got slow we only brought back the speed of the game in patches. We've got to keep going with that [early] momentum.

"We'll work on a few things, I didn't think we were poor. We needed to do more of what we did at the start of the game and for longer patches."

Flanker Michael Hooper scored twice and echoed the sentiments of his coach, saying: "Not an 80-minute performance, the scrum had a tough night, we turned over the ball in stages, just need to control the ball better.

"I thought our attack was pretty sharp in moments, we're going to have to build on that.

"A lot of positives there, first game of the year, tough to take, it puts us on the back foot straight away but so many positives."

Captain Stephen Moore added: "[It's] disappointing to lose at home in our first Test of the year, England played well and deserved to win.

"They put us under pressure at the breakdown, that's important at this level, we need to tighten that up for next week.

"We got two Tests, we've just got to get back at it on Monday and get ready for Melbourne."