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Sexton praises Lions attack

06th July 2013 13:55


Sexton celebrates Australia v Lions 3rd Test

Joy: Jonathan Sexton

British and Irish Lions fly-half Jonathan Sexton was delighted by his side's attacking ambition as they sealed a series victory.

Sexton racked up the crucial second try that reopened a significant gap on the scoreboard against Australia in the third Test in Sydney.

Highlighting the absence of Ireland team-mates Paul O'Connell and Brian O'Driscoll, Sexton noted the importance of sending the two legends off with the best possible finish.

"We knew we had it in us. We didn't really get the ball off first phase in the first couple of tests, which didn't give us a chance to attack, but we got a bit more tonight," said Sexton.

"The scrum was dominant and that gave us a lot of penalties. Scrum time is always important when Romain Poite is refereeing. That's where we built our foundations.

"We let them back into it, which was disappointing, but the way we bounced back was outstanding.

"We wanted to attack with the ball. Rob (Howley) said before the first Test that if we scored two tries we'd win the game, and we said the same again here.

"We wanted to do it for Paul, who missed out through injury, and for Brian. I was so disappointed for him to miss out, I felt like I'd been dropped myself. We wanted to send him off in the best way possible.

"You remember these scenes from '97 and to be a part of the next team to win a series is a dream come true," he said.