British and Irish Lions: Michael Hooper insists the tourists are beatable
Last Updated: June 19, 2013 9:52am
Michael Hooper insists Australia can draw inspiration from the Brumbies' 14-12 victory over the British and Irish Lions.
The Lions suffered their first defeat to provincial opposition in Australia in 42 years as they were edged out in Canberra.
And although a completely different Lions squad will take to the field at the Suncorp Stadium, Hooper insists the Wallabies have been buoyed by the result.
"There are definitely lessons to be learned from the Brumbies game," the 21-year-old said.
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"First and foremost they got the win and it's great for the boys down in Canberra.
"It proves the Lions are beatable. We beat them in 2001 in the Test series and we're taking a lot from that as well.
"We can take a fair bit from the way the Brumbies won because we can assume the whole Lions squad will play in a similar way.
"The Brumbies winning puts a bit of pressure on us, but that's pressure that we want and can handle."
Both Australia and the Lions will confirm their line-ups on Thursday morning, with Hooper expecting Wales to dominate the tourists' XV.
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"It will be a different team on Saturday and we're expecting quite a large Welsh contingent," Hooper said.
"We played them a few times last year and won, so we have come across a lot of their players.
"That familiarity with the Welsh will benefit us. We've had the luxury of playing them six times in the last year and a half and four times in 2012."