James Horwill and Rob Simmons in action.
James Horwill and Rob Simmons in action.

Wallabies forwards wary of Pumas pack

QUEENSLANDER Rob Simmons is ready for another battle up front when the Wallabies take on Argentina on the Gold Coast in the Rugby Championship on Saturday night.

Second-rower Simmons is set to win his 44th cap at CbusSuper Stadium and knows there will be no let up in intensity for the front five following on from the tough challenge during the narrow win over the Springboks in Perth last weekend.

The 25-year-old said it was important for the Wallabies to control the forward battle if they are to get their second win in the tournament this season and follow on from the two victories over Argentina last year.

"We've already seen this year their scrum is pretty strong, so its a big up-front challenge for us as front five," Simmons said.

"I think we handled that quite well (against the Pumas) last year and we also got pretty good set-piece from the line-out.

"If we can get the scrum right and start getting over the top of them then we can get good go-forward for the rest of the game."

Simmons said although the Pumas were a considerably stronger proposition on home soil, he said they were an improving side and the Wallabies needed to be at their best on the weekend.

"Their home crowd obviously means a lot to them and they play a lot better at home," Simmons said.

"But we have seen through this year's games already that they have definitely improved.

"It's only a matter of time before they get a result and we don't want to be that side to lose.

"Basically they are getting getter and better each game we watch them and we really have to be on our game this weekend."

Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini will miss this week's game after pleading guilty to foul play on All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw.

Lavanini was cited for "dangerous charging" by the SANZAR citing commissioner on Sunday and banned for one match for not using his arms when he cleaned out McCaw in a ruck in the 51st minute of the Test won 28-9 by New Zealand in Napier on Saturday.

Simmons said discipline was key too for the Wallabies this weekend and it was something he was trying to cut out of his game.

"We have given away a lot of penalties this year," said Simmons, who was born in Theodore in central Queensland but went to the Southport School on the Gold Coast.

"I don't think anyone goes out intentionally to give away penalties but discipline is something is something we have to address and improve on."

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