British & Irish Lions 2013: Geoff Parling targets Australia win
British & Irish Lions 2013: England second row Geoff Parling hopes to make amends for Brumbies loss by beating Australia
Geoff Parling admits Saturday can’t come soon enough after the British & Irish Lions suffered their first defeat of the 2013 tour to Australia on Tuesday.
Parling emerged off the bench as the Lions fought in vain to overturn their deficit against the Brumbies, the tourists eventually going down 14-12 to end their hopes of a whitewash Down Under.
The Leicester Tigers second row, who started all five of England’s Six Nations matches this year, has now made four appearances on tour and is hoping he will play some part in the first Test against the Wallabies in Brisbane.
“We spoke straight after the game and we’ve got to pick ourselves up straight away,” Parling said.
“We can’t mope around. This hurts, it hurts like hell, but you can’t start feeling sorry for yourself. There are some massive games around the corner.
“After you lose any game the thing you want to do most is play again as quickly as possible. I’d love to be involved at the weekend.
“We have a massive game on Saturday and we need to pick ourselves up and get back on the horse. We need to face this and get on with it.
“It’s very frustrating to lose and we certainly know that we’ve got to get better. But there are big games coming and we can’t have our heads down – not just for the games, either, we’ve got to get ourselves back up for the environment and for training and go again.”