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Gatland content with Lions

25th June 2013 17:09


SKY_MOBILE Warren Gatland British Irish Lions

Pleased: Warren Gatland

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland was pleased with his side's response after defeat against the Brumbies last weekend.

The Lions scored six tries in their final midweek match against the Melbourne Rebels in a 35-0 victory on Tuesday.

Despite making a number of handling errors, the Lions refused to let the Rebels register any points and avoiding any fresh injury concerns ahead of the second Test.

"We made a few mistakes and pushed a few passes but we didn't want to stop them from going out and playing rugby," said Gatland.

"Our set piece was good, we defended really strongly and we were in good condition physically. The players made up for the disappointment of last week.

"We talked about keeping the tempo up. Once we got in front we wanted to keep playing, and they had a licence to do that.

"We wanted some quick taps, to keep the ball in play. You've got to enjoy those moments, particularly the last 20 minutes where we tried to keep the ball on the park.

"We wanted to wait until after tonight (before picking the team). There's no doubt that we'll pick up another couple of injuries in the next two games, so the players that performed tonight are going to be important for us."