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Lions are confident says O’Driscoll


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British and Irish Lions centre Brian O’Driscoll said that the tourists were confident heading into Saturday’s second Test at Loftus in Pretoria.


And the Lions are well aware, according to O’Driscoll, that a good start to the Test is paramount.

Speaking to the Lions website on Thursday the Irish star centre said he had no reason not to think that the Lions could level the three-match series this weekend after a 26-21 loss in the first Test in Durban.

“You’re always confident when you’re playing in a Lions team and some of the rugby we played last weekend showed we have the confidence to play the game we want to,” said O’Driscoll, who is playing his 99th Test and his sixth for the Lions.

“We have to bring that out from the kick-off this weekend because we can’t afford to give them a 19-point lead and chase it back.


“We probably didn’t play early enough last weekend and that was to our detriment.

“We need to start playing earlier in the first half this time, cut off the Springboks and make them work for their scores a little bit more than we did last weekend.

“We were obviously hopeful of winning in Durban, but it’s done now and we are out to win Tests two and three – it’s as simple as that.”

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