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British and Irish Lions: Australia captain Horwill bullish after 23-21 defeat

Last Updated: 23/06/13 8:22am

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James Horwill: Targeting improvement for second Test

James Horwill: Targeting improvement for second Test

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Australia captain James Horwill has called for improvement after the agonising 23-21 first Test defeat to the British & Irish Lions.

Wallabies replacement Kurtley Beale, who electrified the Suncorp Stadium crowd with his running, missed two late shots at goal to snatch victory - the second of which saw him slip and scuff the ball tamely short.

"At the end of the day, we've got to be more clinical and make more of our opportunities."
James Horwill

Home fly-half James O'Connor fared little better with the boot as he passed up eight first-half points, and the tourists sneaked the win courtesy of great tries from George North and Alex Cuthbert and the trusty place-kicking of full-back Leigh Halfpenny.

Horwill said afterwards: "It's very disappointing. We were right in it and a couple of errors and ill-discipline allowed them to get a leg up. In that first half, we didn't have a lot of ball and the ball we did have we made the most of so that will give us a lot of confidence.

"At the end of the day, we've got to be more clinical and make more of our opportunities. I thought our set-piece was very good. We really grew at scrum time. We've done a lot of work on it over the last couple of weeks.


"They went hard at the breakdown. A couple of times we were a bit slow to get in there so that's something we've got to be aware of next week."

Looking forward to the second Test in Melbourne, the lock added: "Obviously it's a must win. We'll be approaching it in that way, working on the things we need to work on and trying to get better. We're already looking forward to it."

One bright spot for the Wallabies was the display of Israel Folau, who racked up a pair of beautifully-taken tries.

Horwill said of the wing: "He's a freak of a talent. He's got that x-factor and you can see that when he gets his hands on the ball, things happen."

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