But for those who watched last night's game in Bloemfontein, they'll have enjoyed a cracking game of running rugby and yet more evidence of Cheika's belief that this squad is trending in the right direction.
"I don't think South Africa have had many issues".
It means the Rugby Championship returns to New Zealand for a second consecutive year and five out of six years since the tournament expanded to include Argentina. After an arm wrestle with the Wallabies in Perth, they were comprehensively smashed in New Zealand before going blow-for-blow with what appeared to be an impressive Wallabies overnight.
The coach was impressed by the variety in play from his backline. The scrums were a complete lottery all night, regularly twisting, moving and collapsing leaving both sides at the mercy of the referee's discretion.
Marx, who was heavily criticised for the poor lineout work of the Boks in the Albany defeat, but who stepped up strongly with a good performance in Bloemfontein also felt his team weren't clinical enough at the weekend.
The Wallabies of recent times may have wilted at that moment, but fly-half Bernard Foley took it upon himself to lift the visitors.
Siya Kolisi had played a crucial role in that score, but he quickly went from hero to zero as Foley ran over him all too easily before setting Koroibete away for his first Test try.
Two-try winger Marika Koroibete says he never second-guessed his decision to leave the Melbourne Storm for rugby in the wake of his impressive Wallabies starting debut.
That left the score poised at 7-all through the opening quarter of the match and the two teams traded penalties for the remainder of the first term, Foley's boot proving the difference as the Wallabies took a 13-10 lead into the sheds at half time. "It was fair play", Beale said. I thought there was a big improvement from our last match, when nothing went our way, but now we can focus on the next match, go all out, and then have a break afterwards.
"What makes a good game is that there's a lot to play for and it seems that every Test match these days, there is a lot to play for, particularly between these two teams", Hooper said.