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O'Connell delighted with success

01st June 2013 16:19


Paul OConnell Lions v Barbarians

Scoring skipper: Paul O'Connell

Lions stand-in captain Paul O'Connell praised his team's set-piece work as being the catalyst for their impressive 59-8 victory over the Barbarians.

Two tries apiece were claimed by Mike Phillips and Alex Cuthbert while O'Connell, Jonathan Davies, Dan Lydiate and Alun-Wyn Jones also scored in humid conditions in Hong Kong.

"I'm delighted to get the win and win really well," O'Connell told Sky Sports after the victory.

"The [hot and humid] conditions, that was the big worry for everybody, but we wore them down in the first half and the points came fairly easily in the second half.

"Set-piece is such a massive part of the game. If you turn over the line out you get possession back. If you turn over the scrum you get a penalty, three points for 50 metres, so set-piece and the scrum set a massive platform for us today.

"They had nothing to play off really and we had a lot to play off, got a lot of ground and got a lot of points off them."

However, O'Connell would not be drawn into saying what the result meant ahead of their trip to Australia as the humid conditions played a significant factor at Hong Kong Stadium.

"It's hard to tell," he added.

"The conditions were very hard. Obviously the Barbarians are a great side but maybe mentally they aren't in the same place as we were so it's very hard to tell. "