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Lions forwards cop it on chin

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NZPA     02 Sep 2009     Getty Images

But the 25-year-old is upbeat that the team can turn things around against Counties-Manukau on Friday night.

Wellington was completely outclassed by a rampant Canterbury team and trailed 0-36 until late converted tries to Hosea Gear and Ma'a Nonu gave the scoreline a touch of respectability.

"Our set-pieces weren't too good. We didn't give or backs or our loosies any chance of playing our own game.

"We've got to take it on the chin and front up this week throughout training and hopefully get stuck in against Counties-Manukau," Ramsay said after an intense training session in the capital.

"We can redeem ourselves. The boys were a bit down after the game and we went into the changing room and it felt like we'd lost the final.

"But one of the senior boys stood up and said 'it was a shield match but the season's not over'. We've got to get back on the horse and get stuck into Counties and take it game by game. The season is not over yet."

As well as a scrum that went backwards, the Lions also struggled in the lineout.

"It was a bit of timing. We were trying to find the space and the timing was bit out," Ramsay explained. "But we've got all week to fix that up. We'll be fine."

Captain Jacob Ellison has not had to say too much to rally his troops after such a comprehensive loss.

"Everyone knows what happened and what was done. If we start trying to pick too many errors out the boys will say ‘oh we're falling apart' and confidence is down. So we've had a good session today and got everyone going again."

Ellison, who was heavily penalised by referee Keith Brown, was also confident that the horrors at scrum time would not be repeated in Pukekohe on Friday night.

"We know we're a good pack and when we have a good day I can scrum. I just need to get back on that horse and start going well again."

The loosehead prop said talking to Neemia Tialata and John Schwalger would help.

"But getting too much advice can work against you. I just need to sort it out myself and not go looking in too many places," he added.

While the forwards struggled to make an impact up front, Ramsay, a former Southland man, did enjoy a moment to savour with his run down the touchline setting up Nonu's try.

"I think there was a Canterbury prop chasing me so it looked like I was quite fast but it was only a prop chasing me so I looked faster that what I actually am, I think," joked the lock, who came off the bench and showed a good turn of speed to score a try in the Shield match against Otago.

"I used to be a back when I was at school. I got a bit tall and I got a bit slow so they chucked me in the forwards.

"I love being out in the backs and having a go. Just throwing the ball around and trying to stand up a back is a good feeling when you do that as a forward because they don't expect it."