Simmons ready for ‘crafty’ Ireland

Date published: November 20 2014

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Australia lock Rob Simmons has his eyes set on keeping Ireland’s rampaging mauls at bay when the two sides face off this weekend.

Australia lock Rob Simmons has his eyes set on keeping Ireland’s rampaging mauls at bay when the two sides face off this weekend.

Simmons will go up against Ireland great Paul O’Connell in the second row as the Wallabies try to bounce back from last Saturday’s loss in Paris.

Ireland got plenty of purchase out of their set-piece work against the Springboks, including their first try by Rhys Ruddock, while the maul was also used well for Ireland’s first two tries against Georgia.

Simmons was disappointed with the performance of the lineout against France but insists the problems the Wallabies had are simple to rectify.

Simmons will be partnered by Sam Carter in the second row, with Rebels forward Luke Jones coming in for a first start at six to add an extra aerial option.

“Our lineout didn’t go how we wanted it to last week… we weren’t manipulated by the defence, they were our mistakes and it’s easy to fix,” Simmons told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“We’re doing our research, we saw the weapon they used against South Africa and we’re looking to stop it.

“Headed by Paul O’Connell, they’re pretty crafty and old school. There are ways you can go about it, you don’t have to give away penalties. We’ll mix things up and we have to be smart about it.

“I’ve used that tactic myself [at the Queensland Reds] … It keeps you guessing and makes you uncertain.

“That’s their way of trying to manipulate you in attack, communications is the key.”

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