Stephen Moore expecting 'good battle' up front against the Lions

Last Updated: 06/07/13 10:23am

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Stephen Moore: Ready for battle

Stephen Moore: Ready for battle

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Australia hooker Stephen Moore is looking forward to the set-piece battle against the British and Irish Lions in Sydney on Saturday.

The Lions have made four changes to their pack for the series decider at the ANZ Stadium - which will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 10am - with Alex Corbisiero, Richard Hibbard, Sean O'Brien and Toby Faletau handed starts.

And Moore believes the selections are an indication that the tourists are ready to take on the Wallabies up front.

"It's been a good battle," he said. "It's been tough at the set piece, that's for sure.


"We knew they'd come here to try and get some dominance in that area. We've worked on that. Once again the pack they've picked tomorrow indicates that's where they intend to come.

"I think Corbisiero coming back in strengthens their scrum, for sure.

"Hibbard, I haven't played too much against him. He's a bigger guy than Tom Youngs. I think that's certainly not going to take away from their scrum at all.

"Sean O'Brien will certainly carry the ball a lot more, whereas Warburton is more of a breakdown threat. O'Brien poses a threat in his carrying as well as his defence and his breakdown stuff.

"With Faletau coming in there as well, the onus will be on him to carry it a lot."

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