British and Irish Lions: Warren Gatland proud of players after victory over the Reds
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland was proud of his side after they ground out a 22-12 win over the Reds.
Last Updated: 08/06/13 6:21pm
The tourists were outscored by two tries to one at Suncorp Stadium but a first-half effort from Ben Youngs, coupled with 17 points from the boot of Owen Farrell, made it three wins on the bounce for Gatland's side.
"I'm pretty happy with the performance," said Gatland. "We missed a couple of try-scoring opportunities.
"It was a tough game and the weather conditions in the second half didn't help; it became a territory game.
"We showed great courage and that's what the Lions is all about. The Reds threw everything at us in the first 20 but we soaked up the pressure. I'm really proud of that performance."
The Lions managed just two penalties during a scrappy second half and looked to be flagging when scrum-half Nick Frisby raced through for a try.
Gatland's admitted his side looked tired during that second period but put that down to a rigorous training regime.
"We've been training the lads really hard," he revealed. "We've flattened them a little bit, but they kept digging deep when it was required.
"I felt there were a couple of forward passes and a couple of decisions that didn't go our way, but that's part of rugby."