British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton delighted with win over Waratahs

Last Updated: 15/06/13 3:01pm

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Sam Warburton: Happy to come through relatively unscathed in Sydney

Sam Warburton: Happy to come through relatively unscathed in Sydney

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Skipper Sam Warburton paid tribute to his British and Irish Lions side as they held off the battling New South Wales Waratahs to win in Sydney.

Leigh Halfpenny produced a commanding performance with 30 points as the unbeaten tourists delivered their best display Down Under a week before the opening Test against the Wallabies.

Halfpenny, fly-half Jonathan Sexton, flanker Tom Croft and centre Jonathan Davies all scored in the 47-17 victory.

"The Waratahs were really tough and I don't think the score reflected the way they played, but we definitely stepped up and I knew we had to," Warburton told Sky Sports.

"I thought the forwards did a great job and the backs were very clinical so I'm very pleased with the performance. From watching the Waratahs we knew they were very similar to us and very direct.

After tackling Super Rugby side Brumbies in Canberra on Tuesday night, the Lions head to Brisbane for the series opener.

"That's the bit we're most looking forward to and next week is going to be massive," Warburton added. "Australia are an intensely tough side to play and it's going to be a challenge on Saturday.

"But we first go into the game against the Brumbies and it's going to be another tough one for us so until that game's over we just have to think about that.

"Next week we'll have an edge as there will be more fans in Brisbane and it will be game on."

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