British and Irish Lions: Robbie Deans ready for Brisbane Test

Last Updated: 20/06/13 8:27am

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Australia coach Robbie Deans insists his side will be "hit the ground running" against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

While the Lions have warmed up for the three-Test series with six warm-up games, the Wallabies have been locked away for the past two weeks in a training camp.

And although the Lions have had the chance to gel, the new-look Australia team - which features three uncapped players and a rejigged back division - are in danger of being caught cold in Brisbane.

However Deans is adamant that his players will be fully prepared for challenge ahead.

"We have made the most of the time we have had and I can assure you they will hit the ground running," he said.

"They know what is coming. We have tapped into the past, we've prepared as best as we can and we can't do any more without playing to be frank.

"There would a limited return from anything we do now other than playing so we are looking forward to it."

The Lions' warm-up matches - featuring five wins and a 14-12 loss to the Brumbies - have given the Wallabies an insight into what to expect from the tourists.

However Deans insists that he has not influenced by what he has seen from the Lions so far on the tour.

"We have witnessed the Lions play but we have built our game around what we bring to the table," he said.

"We have concentrated on what we can influence. It is going to be a battle of wills and momentum is a big part of Test rugby. The side that can generate the momentum will have the greater chance to impose their wills on the opposition.

"We hope to bring some momentum into the game and play off that because we have the capacity to play."

Epic occasion

Deans confirmed his line-up for the first Test earlier on Thursday, with the Lions revealing their hand a little while later.

And having seen the Lions side, Deans now can't wait for the action to get underway at the Suncorp Stadium.

"It is a strong combination. They have been building their combinations and building their game, they've played very well," he said.

"We know it is going to be a tough Test match. We intend to bring a fair amount to that, just as the Lions will. It is going to be an epic occasion.

"For those of us lucky to witness it 2001 was huge. I trust that our systems have improved so we won't have as much red in the audience but the occasion itself will be special."

Deans has handed the No 10 shirt to James O'Connor - with Berrick Barnes at full-back, Christian Lealiifano at inside centre and Kurtley Beale on the bench.

And the talented Rebels playmaker is confident that the new-look combinations can come together.

"It is going to be a huge occasion," he added. "From what we have seen from the Lions so far, they have brought that physicality and their 'A' game. I am very much looking forward to the game.

"I have some good support around me. There are guys in the team that can control the game really well. What we've done on the training pitch, if we can take into the game then we will be playing some good footy.

"You can build combinations on the training pitch and I think we have done that. I am very confident in how things are going and how we have gelled as a team."

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