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North calls for strong start

09th June 2013 14:07


George North hand off Reds v Lions

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British and Irish Lions winger George North has called for a fast start to the side's future matches on tour in Australia.

The Lions came from behind to win 22-12 against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday, the touring side struggling at time to cope with the tempo of the Queensland side's play.

North was initially named as a replacement but ended up playing the majority of the match against the Reds after coming on as an early substitute for the injured Manu Tuilagi.

Despite the early introduction, North was outstanding for the touring side and admits that fitness isn't a concern after being named in the starting XV for Tuesday.

"Australia will play a fast game, and we need to make sure we run hard back at them.

"We don't want to be known as just physical guys. We want so show some finesse and mix it up a bit. We need to play as hard as we can, but we also want to play with a bit of style.

"The momentum is good, and after yesterday it's a case of we know what is coming. We will be far stronger for the experience and we will make sure we are not on the back foot for the first 10 minutes again.

"The pace has picked up and we just need to start stronger. They had a terrific skills-set, and it was good to come up against them.

"We knew it was going to be a tough match, and so it proved. They came at us with some pace right from the off, but to be fair to the boys, they dug in.

"We got our noses in front, but we were worked hard for sure. We need to keep our heads down and keep working hard. We need to push on.

"If you are tired, then you shouldn't be wearing the jersey, it's as simple as that. When it comes to fitness it's a case of putting one foot in front of the other one and keep moving forwards.

"You have to keep going. Sure, there has been a lot of travelling, but that is what a Lions tour is all about. It's a lot of travelling and a lot of rugby."