British & Irish Lions 2013: There’s more to come, says Brian O’Driscoll
British & Irish Lions 2013: Brian O'Driscoll says there is more to come from the tourists after beating Combined Country XV
Brian O’Driscoll says there is still more to come from the British and Irish Lions after an emphatic win against Combined New South Wales-Queensland Country.
Warren Gatland’s men were ruthless in the first half as George North scored a brace of tries while Alex Cuthbert, Conor Murray, Stuart Hogg and Richard Hibbard also touched down.
The Lions were denied the chance to try and rack up a century of points as the home side rallied, with Jonathan Davies scoring the pick of the four second-half tries.
Hogg, deputising at fly-half for the rested Owen Farrell and Jonathan Sexton, kicked four conversions, while replacement Leigh Halfpenny kicked three.
“I guess we didn’t know what to expect with the opposition,” O’Driscoll told Sky Sports.
“They certainly gave us a full 80 minutes and tested us at times.
“One of the most pleasing factors was that we kept them to zero.
“We put a lot of emphasis on our defence and we’re pleased with that aspect today.
“We scored 10 tries and that’s a good outing against an opposition.
He added: “Hopefully there is a little bit more to come. The more games we play together, the more opportunities we will have to gel.”
O’Driscoll linked up with Wales centre Jamie Roberts for the first time since the pair struck up a fruitful partnership during the tour of South Africa in 2009.
And the Leinster legend heaped praise on his number 12.
“It’s good to be back with the big fella [Roberts],” added O’Driscoll.
“We struck a good partnership up in 2009 and it’s great to pick it up again. He’s a pleasure to play with and a big ball carrier.
“He’s similar to Manu Tuilagi – both have a nice subtly to their game.”