Kimlin a raging Harrison within

A bullish ACT Brumbies second-rower was the ”plank”, ”plod” and ”ape” terrorising the British and Irish Lions 12 years ago, and now it’s Peter Kimlin’s turn to channel Justin Harrison and ”get angry” to make life difficult for the tourists.

Kimlin returned to Wallabies camp on Wednesday after leading the Brumbies to an historic win over the Lions at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old won’t be a part of the squad for the first Test in Brisbane on Saturday night.

But the way he tore down the Lions’ lineout would have given the tourists nightmares as they remembered Harrison and the way he denied them victory in 2001.

Harrison stepped up in a series-defining moment to steal a lineout in the dying stages of the last Test.

He was also in the firing line off the field, most famously for his feud with Lions utility Austin Healey which resulted in Harrison being called an ape, plank and plod.

Former Brumbies and Wallabies five-eighth Stephen Larkham has no doubt Kimlin can fill Harrison’s role.

”Kimmo can get a little bit angry, but [Harrison] just played angry most of the time compared to Kimmo who’s a bit more controlled,” Larkham said.

”This last period has been really strong for [Kimmo] … we saw [on Tuesday] night that he can be this year’s [Harrison].

”Combine his lineout work with his athleticism and his aggression, he can certainly fit the mould.”

Neither the Wallabies nor Lions have fired a shot leading into the opening Test and the niggle has been left to 2001 Lions coach Sir Clive Woodward attacking Australian mentor Robbie Deans.

Kimlin and Brumbies prop Scott Sio returned to Wallabies camp with information on how the Lions play just days out from the series opener.

Kimlin has lifted his game to a new level in the past two matches to lead from the front in the absence of experienced stars.

He played two Tests in 2009, but injuries have kept him out of the Wallabies frame since. The big man, who will move to France at the end of the year, is in career-best form and can force his way into the second and third Tests.

”Peter has been phenomenal [for the Brumbies],” Brumbies coach Jake White said. ”He knows there are opportunities for Wallabies jumpers, he stood up [against the Lions]. I’ve got no doubt a guy like Kimmo can stand up again.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.