Sam Warburton: Job only half done for Lions

Captain Sam Warburton says the British and Irish Lions' victory over New Zealand in Wellington will count for nothing unless they win the Test series decider next week.

Owen Farrell's 78th-minute penalty proved decisive as the Lions took advantage of Sonny Bill Williams' first-half red card - the first All Black to be sent off since 1967 - to claim a 24-21 victory in the second Test.

The tourists condemned New Zealand to their first home defeat since 2009, but Warburton downplayed their victory and immediately turned attention to the game at Eden Park next Saturday.

"It is only half the job done," the Welshman told Sky Sports.

"I will be happy next week when we bring the Test series home. It is one apiece now so effectively we have only played two halves.

"We have got to win the Test series. It is great that we got it to 1-1 and take it to Eden Park. There is still plenty to work on, we gave away way too many penalties in the second half.

"We are delighted to get a win, but we have got to remember it was against 14 men. We have got to up it next week to bring the Test series home."

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen refused to be drawn into whether Williams deserved a red card for a dangerous tackle on Anthony Watson in the 25th minute.

"I'm not stunned. I have always said they are a very good side and we didn't help ourselves by losing a player," Hansen said.

"Whilst I am very proud of our team of how we hung in there with 14 men, you have got to take your hat off and say well done to the Lions.

"He (the referee) made the call so whether he got it right or wrong is irrelevant. I have always said you have got to go with what he decides.

"Don't make the issue about the tackle. The Lions deserved the win. Happy for them but we are disappointed. I am very proud of our guys."

New Zealand skipper Kieran Read admitted his side failed to take their chances after letting a 19-12 lead slip in the final 20 minutes.

"The Lions were probably the better side," he said.

"What an atmosphere. We had our chances. The fact that we got in front and couldn't keep that lead probably showed that we let them off the hook."


Related Articles

'The missing piece of the jigsaw': Lions to award players with ceremonial caps

More in this Section

Jason Denayer swaps Manchester City for Lyon

Mourinho remains United’s man as Pogba’s agent hits out at Scholes

RPA calls for Cipriani charge to be dropped

Kenny 'delighted' with Dundalk performance against tough Sligo side


Today's Stories

It wasn't just the sun which shone brightly this summer........

Hurling can’t be Gaelic football's barometer

No country for old men in modern intercounty hurling

A finale in keeping with a season to remember. With Limerick the last men standing

More From The Irish Examiner