Don't overthink it: Simplicity the key to fixing lineout, says Coleman

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by Beth Newman

Know your job and do it every time.

Wallabies lock Adam Coleman says that simple approach will help turn the Wallabies’ lineout woes around against Argentina.

Australia by far the lowest lineout success of this Rugby Championship, with a 74.2 per cent success rate, compared to New Zealand (86.8%), South Africa (84.9%) and Argentina (82.1%).

The Wallabies have never had the most intimidating lineout, trailing their counterparts in the past two Rugby Championships, but their success rate this season has dropped dramatically their 2017 return of 87.8 per cent.

Opponents have begun to routinely target the Australian lineout, with the Springboks and All Blacks able to take the most advantage.

The Pumas stole three Wallabies lineouts in their last clash and they will not be any easier to face on their home turf.

Though Coleman said lineouts were more complicated than meets the eye, contrastingly, there was a need to strip back their analysis.

“There’s a danger of overthinking,” he said.

“You can over analyse things where sometimes it is just one thing instead of picking on four different things.

“It’s just making sure that everyone is across their role. Our planning is there, it’s just executing in the moment.”

There hasn’t been one consistent chink in the Wallabies lineout but Coleman said dips in concentration seemed to be at the core.

“I think it's about staying in the moment on the field and executing your role,” he said.

“At times, (it’s) one thing here or there that's just letting us down. It's just mentally staying switched on throughout the game.”

On Saturday, the Wallabies will face an abrasive Pumas pack that is growing in confidence under former Australian mentor Mario Ledesma, hungry to make it a 2018 double.

The influence of Ledesma has been hard to ignore - aside from orchestrating a win over the Wallabies on the Gold Coast, the Pumas look an entirely more cohesive unit since he took over.

Coleman said Ledesma’s impact was clear for his former charges.

“They’re a quality side,” he said.

“They’re a very physical pack like they showed on the Gold Coast and credit to Mario who is really getting the most out of their forwards.

“They’re physical, very emotional and they have a lot of passion for playing in their jersey. It’s going to be a great game and the boys can’t wait to get out there and play.”

The Wallabies head to Salta on Thursday ahead of their clash with the Pumas on Sunday (AEDT).

The Wallabies take on Argentina on Sunday Ovecobter 7, kicking off at 9:40am AEDT, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via Channel Ten.