British and Irish Lions: Jonathan Sexton in dreamland after series win over Australia
Last Updated: 06/07/13 4:48pm
Jonathan Sexton celebrates after scoring the Lions' second try against Australia
Jonathan Sexton said it was "a dream come true" after the British and Irish Lions won their first series in 16 years.
The Ireland fly-half scored the second of the tourists' four tries as they romped to a comprehensive 41-16 win over Australia.
Having suffered a disappointing defeat in the second Test, Sexton said the players were determined to produce a positive performance in Sydney and make history.
"We knew we had it in us," he said. "We didn't really get the ball off first phase in the first couple of tests, which didn't give us a chance to attack, but we got a bit more tonight.
"The scrum was dominant and that gave us a lot of penalties. Scrum time is always important when Romain Poite is refereeing. That's where we built our foundations. We let them back into it, which was disappointing, but the way we bounced back was outstanding.
"We wanted to attack with the ball. Rob (Howley) said before the first Test that if we scored two tries we'd win the game, and we said the same again here."
"You remember these scenes from '97 and to be a part of the next team to win a series is a dream come true."
Sexton felt as disappointed as Brian O'Driscoll when he was omitted from the team for the third Test and dedicated the victory to his Leinster and Ireland teammate, and also Paul O'Connell.
"We wanted to do it for Paul, who missed out through injury, and for Brian," he said." I was so disappointed for him to miss out, I felt like I'd been dropped myself. We wanted to send him off in the best way possible."
The Lions last won a series in 1997 in South Africa and Sexton was proud to have been part of the team that broke that losing streak.
"You remember these scenes from '97 and to be a part of the next team to win a series is a dream come true," he said.