British and Irish Lions: Rob Howley keen to complete series win in Melbourne

Last Updated: 29/06/13 10:50am

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Rob Howley: Suffered disappointment with the Lions in 2001

Rob Howley: Suffered disappointment with the Lions in 2001

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Rob Howley says the British and Irish Lions are determined to seal a series victory over Australia in Melbourne on Saturday.

Howley was part of the Lions side that faced Australia in 2001, when the tourists took a 1-0 lead only to lose the final two Tests.

Having learnt how quickly things can unravel, the assistant coach says there is a ferocious sense of determination to seal the deal and make the final Test in Sydney irrelevant.

"This Lions jersey demands you to have no respect for your body and you must be 100 per cent fit," said Howley.

"I always talk about the ingredients of being composed and taking the opportunities. In the hurly-burly of battle, the emotional intelligence of decision-making and being accurate is what Test match football is about.

"The side that has been selected has Test match animals that have made decisions in games. They understand what is required tomorrow.

"We talk about 80 games of one minute - that is the concentration level you need."

Howley is wary of what he described as "the wounded Wallaby".

"They will come out and want to play rugby," he added. "That's the game they play.

"It is about being alert, not allowing them to take quick tap penalties. We need to be aware the whole time, and that's what this jersey requires tomorrow.

"Australia are going to come out and play high risk, high reward."

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