Australia fly-half James O'Connor hails Lions for series victory

Last Updated: 06/07/13 10:00pm

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James O'Connor: Heaped praise on Lions physicality

James O'Connor: Heaped praise on Lions physicality

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Australia fly-half James O'Connor was full of praise for the British & Irish Lions after the tourists wrapped up the series with a convincing 41-16 third Test victory in Sydney.

Warren Gatland had received criticism during the week for dropping talismanic centre Brian O'Driscoll but saw his men run in four tries through Alex Corbisiero, Jonny Sexton, George North and Jamie Roberts to cruise home.

O'Connor, who snatched the Wallabies' only try with a twinkle-toed finish, said afterwards: "It was a great performance by them, they played the full 80 minutes.

"At 50 or 60 minutes we had really come into the game (Australia fought back from 19-3 down to just 19-16 adrift) and I felt momentum was shifting our way, but they found a way to turn it.

"Every little error we made they jumped on that, turned it into points and kept the scoreboard ticking over.

"The scoreboard blew out at the end, but they played clinical rugby. We tried to suck the juice out of their legs, but they just kept coming at us.

"We always knew the team that was going to win was the one that wanted it more. Physically, we knew had to be right up there, and they were just better than us on the night. They played possessed.

"Physically-wise, they just dominated us. We made a lot of half-breaks, and we knew exactly how they were going to play, but they won the one per centers."

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