Lions success helps Roberts ease Wales World Cup pain
Jamie Robert says helping the British & Irish Lions win in Australia has made up for missing out on the World Cup final with Wales
Jamie Roberts insists helping the British & Irish Lions end 16 years of hurt alleviated the pain of missing out on a World Cup final with Wales two years earlier.
Despite missing the first two Tests against Australia with a hamstring injury, Roberts came in for the all-important deciding clash – scoring a try in a 41-16 demolition of the Wallabies.
This helped secure a first Lions series win in 16 years and helped banish the memories the 26-year-old has of losing to France 9-8 in their 2011 World Cup semi-final.
And Roberts, who helped Wales defend their Six Nations crown earlier this year, admits he is still waiting for it all to sink in.
“There are certain things in life that you want to achieve, and the obvious one is to win a World Cup – we (Wales) were desperately close two years ago when we reached the semi-finals in New Zealand,” said Roberts.
“But another is to win a Lions series, and you get an opportunity at one or the other every two years, such is the way they are planned out, and they’re what you’d like to peak for.
“I’ve never experienced anything on the pitch quite like scoring in a Test series for the Lions.
“The stadium was so loud and the noise was incredible, but inside it all went a bit quiet. You don’t know what to think but it’s one heck of a buzz.
“I’ve had to watch it on replays because you can’t really remember a moment like that, but it’s a highlight of my career and it’ll remain a moment to treasure.
“Tries don’t come around too often so to get one in a game of that magnitude and at that moment is a fantastic feeling.
“It was made better by the team performance on the day, and not many people would have predicted that scoreline before kick-off, so it was all the more special to finish the tour in style.
“With Australia winning the second Test, we certainly had the pressure on us, but thankfully came up with what was needed in the game that mattered.
“It dawns on you a bit when you score like that, but I don’t think it’ll actually hit us for a few months until we realise what we’ve actually achieved.”