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Australia have 'worked out' Mike Phillips, says Dawson

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Dawson believes Phillips should be dropped. (©GettyImages)
Dawson believes Phillips should be dropped. (©GettyImages).

Matt Dawson has ignited the debate over who should be the scrum-half for the Lions in the remaining Test games, by claiming that the Australians have 'worked out' Mike Phillips.

Phillips has enjoyed a distinguished international career so far, playing a vital role on the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa as well as being a pivotal member of the Welsh team over the last few years. 

But the 30 year old had a poor game against the Wallabies on Saturday, leading to some calls for him to be dropped in favour of Ben Youngs, with Dawson agreeing.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Dawson revealed that he believes Australia have done their homework on Phillips and have worked out his game.

 Dawson went on to suggest that the Australians had actively tried to catch the Wales and Bayonne scrum-half out.

He said: “The Australians are renowned for their homework and they got hold of Mike Phillips.

"What they were tending to do was just give him half a gap. He can't help himself.

"He looks up, sees it and thinks 'I can get through that because I'm six foot five inches and 16 stone."  

"The Lions need pattern, they need to get into strategy". Once Youngs replaced Phillips, Dawson believed that the Lions side looked more stable. "Everything calmed down,” he said. 

“People could get into position and just run the clock out and they [The Lions] threatened a couple of times".

Warren Gatland is widely expected to stick with Phillips for the second Test.


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