Jonathan Sexton's fond memories of the British & Irish Lions tour
Last Updated: 07/07/13 10:09pm
Jonathan Sexton: I am really proud of the way we stuck in there. No-one changed the plan and no-one panicked
Ireland star Jonathan Sexton will head to a new career in France with the warm memories of the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia fresh in his mind.
The fly-half scored a try during the 41-16 third Test demolition of Australia and was happy to savour the Lions' first series success for 16 years.
"This is huge for me," said Sexton, who is moving to Racing Metro from Leinster. "Everything you win is very special, but this is just unique.
"You are playing with guys you barely know, and you have to forge that bond. You saw by the celebrations that we did that. We did the Lions tradition proud.
"The big motivation as a player is you want to be remembered when you hang up your boots, and you try to win as much as possible and do the right things as much as possible. Winning a Lions series is definitely part of that."
The Lions built a commanding 19-3 lead before the Wallabies cut the deficit to three but an unanswered 22-point blitz ensured the Lions claimed the second biggest-winning Test margin in their 125-year history.
"It's very easy when the momentum goes that you think it's not your day," he added.
"I am really proud of the way we stuck in there. No-one changed the plan and no-one panicked (at 19-16), and we swung it back.
"We were up for it last week, but we just played a bit better this time. We got more set-piece ball and we were more accurate. That is the bottom line.
"This time, though, we grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and went for it. We knew that if we scored tries, then we would win."