No rugby nation in the world would have sacked their head coach within a year of making the RWC Final against the odds in their first year since taking the job.
Suggesting that Cheika should have been sacked in 2016 is ridiculous. You might hate the guy but that would have been an insane decision. You would have also had four years of a contract to pay out.
You might have "seen it from the beginning" because you were tipping him to fail at the RWC. If you're wrong at that point you can't claim in hindsight to have been right from the beginning because it happened later.
I think the only realistic time Cheika could have been sacked was during 2018 and that left them very little option of an alternative that could potentially achieve a better outcome at the RWC. Certainly at that point their only real option is looking for a caretaker who has little to gain. The only way to attract a better candidate is to offer then tenure beyond the RWC which means you have selected your new coach with very few of the best options available at the time of appointment which is just likely to prolong the problem.
What they have done is try and improve the situation through to the RWC by having Johnson and a selector in the frame and make some changes to the assistants. They are then in a better position to make a good appointment after the RWC.
I don't think anyone accepts the head coach role a year out from the RWC without being offered longer than just coaching to the RWC.
However, without getting into fruitless debate about it, I will make the comment that I hope Rugby Australia learns a real lesson or two from the shambles. One is that whomever is appointed should be only for the two years following a RWC (with an option to extend if both parties agree) so that there is a capability of moving them on painlessly if they don't work out. The other is that the contract must have an enforceable accountability clause in it so that an obviously poor appointee can be terminated at a time of Rugby Australia's choosing rather than waiting for the end of the contract period, if necessary.
“New” bloke writing at the SMH has an interesting topic tonight regarding suspected match fixing by wallabies.
The game that kind of matches his hints had a this as part of its match review on GAGR:
“I struggle to think of an occasion when I’ve seen a side with so much possession and so many attacking opportunities, against an opponent with no meaningful attack, lose with a miserly 8 points to show for their effort. The Wallabies even managed to actually fall over the try-line twice more, but on their backs. That’s innovation! If you planned to throw a match as part of a betting scandal, this would have been far too elaborate a route.”
Note that this topic has been locked in another thread.
Australian referee Nic Berry red carded Holloway and yellow-carded du Toit in the 47th minute when exactly the opposite should have happened.
In effect, du Toit got off virtually scot-free as the one who illegally started the ruckus, and at worst Holloway should have been yellowed for retaliating.
But seeing his back was turned to du Toit at all times, Holloway should have been left alone in this play.