British & Irish Lions 2013: We can still win series, insists Warburton
British & Irish Lions 2013: Sam Warburton says his side are still capable of winning the series after a 16-15 loss to Australia in second Test
Sam Warburton believes the British and Irish Lions are capable of winning the final Test – and series – despite a narrow loss to Australia in Melbourne.
The Lions appeared to be edging toward a series triumph with Leigh Halfpenny’s five penalties handing the tourists a six-point lead.
However, with five minutes remaining, Australia centre Adam Ashley-Cooper scored the game’s only try and Christian Leali’ifano converted to seal a 16-15 win.
It meant the Wallabies kept their hopes of a series win alive, but Warburton is confident Warren Gatland’s side can still emerge triumphant.
“We’re going through what Australia went through last week,” Warburton told Sky Sports.
“They boys will realise we’ve still got a Test series up for grabs. There’s some good stuff in there.
“We’re definitely capable of winning the Test series. It’s going to be won by a whisker next week and I hope it’s us.
He continued: “Australia got hold of us when they got territory in our 22 and we found it difficult to get out. It’s much easier said than done.
“Territory is everything in games like this. Australia came away with points and that’s everything.”
Warburton was replaced with 13 minutes remaining in the second Test, but the Wales international played down the seriousness of the hamstring injury ahead of next weekend’s final Test in Sydney.
“I felt something in my hammy [hamstring]. I’ve put some ice on it, and the physios will assess in 24 hours time. Fingers crossed,” he added.