British and Irish Lions: Warren Gatland proud of players after victory over the Reds

Last Updated: 08/06/13 6:21pm

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Warren Gatland: Pleased with Lions' performance against the Reds

Warren Gatland: Pleased with Lions' performance against the Reds

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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland was proud of his side after they ground out a 22-12 win over Queensland Reds.

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.

Gatland proud of Lions character

"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.

"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."
Warren Gatland

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."

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