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Career pinnacle for Lydiate

25th June 2013 14:39


SKY_MOBILE Dan Lydiate British Irish Lions

Proud: Dan Lydiate

Dan Lydiate hailed captaining the British and Irish Lions as the pinnacle of his career after defeating the Rebels 35-0.

Lydiate became the Lions fifth captain on tour after Paul O'Connell, Brian O'Driscoll, Sam Warburton and Rory Best.

The Newport Gwent Dragons star came off the bench during the first Test in Brisbane last week and stated that maintaining the momentum from the Lions victory was essential in the final midweek match of the tour.

Starting along possible bench contender Sean O'Brien for Saturday's second Test in Melbourne, Lydiate admitted the Lions needed to improve from last week's loss to the Brumbies and was pleased with the outcome.

"It's the pinnacle of my career to captain the Lions and it's a massive honour. It's even better to get the result tonight," said Lydiate.

"We definitely had to up our game coming here and we wanted to get the result and keep the momentum going for the weekend.

"It's a massive game for us this weekend and a few of the boys are putting their hands up for selection. They really wanted to take their chance tonight.

"The main thing was to play well as a team but also to play well as an individual and put yourself forward for selection. All credit to the boys and to the Rebels boys, they certainly gave us a good game."