British and Irish Lions: Sam Warburton targets series success

Last Updated: 27/06/13 11:45am

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Sam Warburton: Wants to finish off the Wallabies

Sam Warburton: Wants to finish off the Wallabies

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Captain Sam Warburton insists the British and Irish Lions will be looking to "finish off" Australia in the second Test in Melbourne.

The Lions won the opening Test 23-21 at the Suncorp Stadium to give them the early advantage in the three-match series.

And Warburton has set his sights on securing a first series success since 1997 by killing off the Wallabies on Saturday.

"The talk around the players has been making sure we finish it this weekend," Warburton said.

"There has been no complacency thinking that we've got a week off because there is another opportunity next week.

"Momentum would completely swing if Australia won. They'd be going into another home game to finish after winning a game.


"So we definitely want to finish it off this weekend and the players are motivated to do that."

Australia will count themselves unlucky not to be 1-0 up themselves - with Kurtley Beale slipping over when attempting to land a match-winning penalty in the last minute.

And Warburton is expecting the Wallabies to come out all guns blazing.

"They will bounce back. They were only a kick away from winning last week so they know they have every chance of getting the Test series back," he said.

"If it was 1-0 down the talk in our camp would be that we believed we could bring it back. The Australians being Australians, they are great competitors and there is no way they will be down and out.

"I imagine they will come out firing. As Warren Gatland said it is all or nothing for them now and we expect a huge performance from them."


Warburton has previously led Wales to the semi-final of the World Cup and to the Grand Slam title.

However the Cardiff Blues flanker claims that Saturday's clash will be the highlight of his distinguished career.

"It will be the biggest game of my career because the potential achievement will be something that nobody has achieved for the last four tours," he added. "That's something I am really looking forward to - I love that.

"It is knowing what you could achieve, although we know we are going to have to do something special to make sure we do that. All the players are in this squad because they perform well in the big games and they are the ones you look forward to.

"Normally you are pretty nervous in the week going into a big game like this for club or country, but this week is complete excitement and it can't come quickly enough.

"I have had nervous excitement this week. It's quite strange when you wake every day knowing that it is five days, then four and now it is down to two before the Test."

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