It was New Zealand’s equal heaviest defeat in Test history and the most points they had conceded against any other nation.
The Wallabies will travel to Melbourne on Sunday for a few days of training before arriving in Auckland on Thursday for what will be one of the most highly anticipated Test matches in recent years to be played on Saturday.
Australia need to defeat the All Blacks at Eden Park to win the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002 but have not beaten New Zealand there since 1986.
“I know we’re all pumped but at the end of the day all we’ve done is bought a ticket to Auckland, that’s it,” Cheika said. “Great atmosphere and great for the players to get the win but in the bigger scheme of things we’ve got a ticket to go there and take the opportunity we’re going to get given there.”
Australia won the Bledisloe Cup opener in 2015 before being thumped 41-13 at Eden Park. Cheika said it was hard to draw comparisons to this time four years ago.
“It was a bit too long ago,” Cheika said. “We’re trying to work out how we can get around obstacles in games and not lose our way there when obstacles occur. We got through a few tonight and there will be a few presented to us next week as well.
“We won’t have this big Perth crowd behind us but we’ll go with the fact there is a lot of camaraderie in the team. We’ll do our absolute best to get it done.”
Captain Michael Hooper was brimming with pride afterwards and said there was an immediate injection of confidence into the group after beating New Zealand for just the third time in 22 attempts in recent years.
“It’s one I will remember for just the sheer atmosphere,” Hooper said. “The game finishes and the song is being sung. It’s a great Aussie feel.
“It’s certainly a nice little hit of confidence that’s for sure and vindication of the style we are playing. We won’t buy too much into the records … what we will buy into is the ability to keep pushing as the game went on, keep playing the stuff that we’re trying to work on and trying to grow as a team in attack and defence.”
It is hard to quantify what this victory will do for the overall sentiment towards Australian rugby six weeks out from the Rugby World Cup but after some lean years, the Wallabies have well and truly showed that when things click, their best rugby can match it with anyone.
“There’s a strong rugby community out there that love the Wallabies no matter what happens,” Cheika said. “A lot is said but through thick and thin I see them on the streets every single day and they come up and talk to me.
“We want to give them hope too for the season ahead but also understand that we are building and this is one game in a progression that we’re going to put towards this year.”
Cheika did not single out the players he thought performed strongest, saying it was a collective team effort.
Tom Decent is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald