Rugby World Cup
Try-scorer Rob Simmons 'lucky' to be in wrong place at right time
Sam Bruce
October 25, 2015
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TWICKENHAM, London -- Has there ever been a more unlikely source of an intercept? The sight of Australia lock Rob Simmons rumbling towards the try-line at Twickenham on Sunday before many of the 80,025 fans had even settled into their seat wasn't in the pre-match script. But it certainly set the tone for the Wallabies' 29-15 victory over Argentina in the second Rugby World Cup semifinal, earning them a shot at New Zealand in the decider in six days' time.

"We were just doing our job there because we knew they were looking for those kind of inside balls," Simmons said of his second-minute dash to the whitewash. "I suppose I was lucky to be in the right position at the right time; everyone was working hard and we saw it all shape up and I happened to be there in the right spot or maybe I was in the wrong spot and hence I got the intercept. I don't know?

"But it was good to start the game strong and get back and reset."

Australia's Rob Simmons races through to score a try © Getty Images
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The Wallabies scored three more tries after Simmons' opener, all of which went to Adam Ashley-Cooper on what was a memorable night for the veteran winger.

Ashley-Cooper's first two five-pointers, via sublime cut-out passes from Bernard Foley and Matt Giteau, were capped with the Bordeaux-bound back's trademark swan dive. Simmons was happy enough just to cover the 20 metres untouched.

"I knew I had someone right on my tail so hence the awkward put down really," he said. "It wasn't really the most graceful swan dive like Adam Ashley-Cooper or anything like that. I was just happy to get across the white line."

While the Wallabies crossed for four tries and managed to keep the Pumas tryless with a tireless defensive effort, Michael Cheika's side experienced a raft or problems at both scrum and lineout time.

Argentina 15-29 Australia (Australia only)
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Skipper Stephen Moore wouldn't be drawn on the problems post-match despite referee Wayne Barnes clearly penalising loose-head prop James Slipper on three occasions. Simmons didn't point the finger either, saying the Aussies would have plenty of set-piece video to review on Monday.

"It wasn't just one issue, it was a few really," he said. "But I've got to look at it, I don't want to comment too much on it because you can think one thing and you always find out something different in the review.

"So we'll look at it in the review and try and fix it and move on."

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