Warburton ready for Wallaby backlash

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is expecting a massive backlash when his side meet Australia in the second Test in Melbourne on Saturday (Match Betting – Australia 13/8, draw 20/1, Lions 8/15).

Despite the Lions impressing in the first game, the Wallabies kept touch throughout and would have won in Brisbane if they’d managed to kick just one of their numerous spurned shots at goal.

Although they lost, Australia will have taken plenty of confidence from their performance at the Suncorp Stadium, prompting Warren Gatland to make five changes to his team for what he expects to be a more physical encounter on Saturday.

Tommy Bowe, Ben Youngs, Geoff Parling, Dan Lydiate and Mako Vunipola have all been brought in and despite some of the alterations being enforced due to injury, the likes of Lydiate and Vunipola will undoubtedly bring an extra edge to the pack.

Warburton knows that his side have the chance to create history when they walk out in Melbourne, as victory will see them become the first Lions side to win a series since 1997. 

However,  the flanker knows his team will have their work cut out if they are to seal an unassailable lead (Series Winner – Australia 4/1, draw 25/1, Lions 1/6).

“They will bounce back,” he said. “If it was us who were 1-0 down, we would believe we could pull it back.

“Australians being Australians, they are probably optimistic because they are great competitors. They won’t feel down and out. I imagine they will come out firing.”

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