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29th June 2013 14:09

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SKY_MOBILE Warren Gatland - Australia v Lions - 2nd Test

Honest: Warren Gatland

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland highlighted his side's struggles at the breakdown after their defeat to Australia.

Adam Ashley-Cooper's late try and Christian Leali'ifano's conversion gave the Wallabies a 16-15 victory over the Lions to level the Test series ahead of next weekend.

An intensely physical encounter hinged on minor errors and Gatland admitted his team's lack of control at the breakdown put them under pressure.

"It was tight for both teams. We gave away too many turnovers in that second half and didn't control territory well enough. We put ourselves under pressure when we had a chance to keep momentum going and get a bit of ball. The turnovers really hurt us," said Gatland.

"It shows you how close these two teams are. It's 1-1 now and we've got to get up for it.

"It's just about game management. It's what Test match rugby is about. There were a couple of crucial lineouts and turnovers. When the referee said 'advantage over,' we didn't look after the ball well enough.

"We felt pretty comfortable at half time but it just shows that they never give up and they took the opportunities that came their way.

"We're disappointed to concede the try at the end at the end. We've got to keep working hard. We missed a few collisions and we didn't control the territory very well in either half.

"We were disappointed with a few things but until we get some clarity from them, you've got to take the good with the bad. It's just the way the scrum is refereed in the modern game.

"I haven't spoken to them (the players) yet. It's a big game next week. There'll be a couple of days off to recuperate and then it'll be heads on for next week."