26 Jul 2011

Simmons the lineout general at 22

2:50 pm on 26 July 2011

Matt Giteau isn't the only Wallabies stalwart under pressure to regain his starting position with quiet achiever Rob Simmons squeezing out veteran lock Nathan Sharpe.

Coach Robbie Deans' high regard for Simmons' physical and efficient second-row play and rugby smarts has led to the 22-year-old gaining the job as lineout general for the start of the Tri-Nations.

In just his seventh Test, the Queenslander delivered impressively as caller for the Wallabies to dominate the South African lineout in their 39-20 win in Sydney.

Sharpe came off the bench, replacing James Horwill in the second half, in his 95th Test, but he will find it hard to unseat Simmons or Horwill.

However the Western Force captain is far more likely to achieve his 100-Test milestone at the World Cup than Giteau, who has 92 caps and was dumped from the 22-man squad to play the Springboks.