British & Irish Lions 2013: It was a tough game, admits Sam Warburton
British & Irish Lions 2013: Captain Sam Warburton admits it was a "tough game" after a 22-17 win against Queensland Reds
Sam Warburton admitted Queensland Reds provided the British and Irish Lions with a “tough game” after the tourists edged to victory in their third warm-up match.
The hosts made a bright start and Luke Morahan produced a brilliant solo try in the 17th minute to give Queensland an early 7-3 lead.
Alex Cuthbert and Warburton both came close to registering the Lions’ first try before Ben Youngs crossed over before the break.
Farrell’s conversion handed the Lions a 16-7 advantage at half-time before the Saracens man added a further penalty midway through the second half.
The home side did shave five points of their opponents’ lead when Nick Frisby scored a try, but aided by replacements from the bench, the visitors held on with Farrell kicking another three points.
“It was great to get the win. It was a tough one,” Warburton, making his Lions debut, told Sky Sports.
“They came flying out of the blocks, but we managed to maintain our composure.
“We knew the Reds in attack would offer a lot today and they made it really tough for us.
“It was a physical game tonight, there were a few bodies down, it was a tough game.”
England international Ben Youngs admitted the Reds threw everything at the Lions in the first 20 minutes of the bruising encounter.
“It was nice to get out there and play with guys you’re so used to playing against,” said Youngs.
“We knew we were going to be under pressure at times, and they chucked everything at us in the first 20 minutes. We know we’ll get it right next time and we’ll work on that.”