Warburton confident of revival

Sam Warburton is confident the British & Irish Lions will bounce back from Saturday’s second Test defeat ahead of next weekend’s decider with Australia (Series Winner – Australia 11//10, draw 20/1, Lions 4/5).

Following a dramatic victory in Brisbane, it was the Lions who were on the wrong end of the result this time around, as Adam Ashley Cooper’s converted try five minutes from full time handed the Wallabies a 16-15 win, although Leigh Halfpenny did miss a late penalty.

The teams now head to Sydney for next Saturday’s decider and the odds look stacked against Warren Gatland’s men due to their mounting injury worries, with the Wales (8/1 2015 World Cup outright) captain himself a doubt for the match.

The way the series has been played out is extremely reminiscent of the last time the Lions were in Australia in 2001, when they also won the opening Test only to lose the second and suffer further heartache in the final match in the Harbour City.

The skipper is refusing to get too downbeat though and although he expects the clash at ANZ Stadium to be extremely tight, he is confident his team can seal a first series victory since 1997.

“We’re going through what Australia went through last week,” said the flanker. “It is disappointing but the lads will wake up tomorrow and realise that there’s still a Test series up for grabs.

“We’re definitely capable of winning this series; we’ve shown that in the two games against Australia. It’s going to be won by a whisker next week and I hope it’s us.”

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