Deans eyes series victory

Australia coach Robbie Deans says that confidence is extremely high in the camp as they head into Saturday’s deciding Test against the British & Irish Lions (Match Betting – Australia 4/5, draw 16/1, Lions 11/10).

The pair have played out two extremely intense affairs so far in the series, with the Lions edging the first in Brisbane before Adam Ashley-Cooper’s late try saw the Wallabies level things at 1-1 last weekend in Melbourne.

Although the Lions were seen as the favourites coming into the clashes, the injury plagued home side have more than held their own and it still looks almost too close to call going into the decider.

The way the current series has played has been reminiscent of the last time the two sides met in 2001, where the tourists won the first match, only to lose games two and three (Series Betting - Australia 4/5, draw 16/1, Lions Evens).

With the way Australia have continually improved throughout the series, things are looking good for them going into the decider and coach Deans admits his team are feeling positive about their chances of victory at ANZ Stadium.

“We’re very confident,” said Deans. “We can honestly say we haven’t played our best footy throughout the series thus far and probably made too many errors to give ourselves an opportunity to play any sort of fast, flowing rugby.

“So if we can start well and give ourselves a good opportunity to get into the game then we definitely back ourselves to play some good rugby and really have a go.”

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