Lions seeking another level to their game

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Lynn McConnell     07 Jul 2017     Getty Images

Warburton, captaining the Lions on his second tour, missed the third Test of the Lions' triumph in Australia four years ago due to injury and was left with a feeling of 'unfinished business'.


Eden Park represents the chance to complete the tour on a high for him.

"I was delighted when I found out I was going to be in the team for this third and deciding Test. It will definitely be the biggest game I have played in," he said.

At the same time he acknowledged the Lions would need to find something extra if they are to join the 1971 Lions side as winners in New Zealand.

"You can definitely expect a reaction, just like we had one after the first Test defeat. I think it is going to be a really interesting, proper epic Test match," he said.

"It is going to be very to and fro, there will be patches where we are under pressure and patches where they are, but hopefully we have got a pretty experienced team and that will be enough to pull us through.

"This is what every sacrifice you have made since you were a young kid and decided to be a rugby player is about – for moments like this," he said.

Team-mate and first five-eighths Jonathan Sexton said the Lions have still to produce their best performance on the tour and believes it will come in Auckland.

"It is great that we have got here with something to play for. Now it is all about gearing up to try and bring our best performance of the tour so far and we feel that is what we are going to need if we are going to get the win," he said.

Combinations were important and playing with team-mates week after week was a bonus in achieving that. He had enjoyed his combination with Owen Farrell in the five-eighths.

"I have really enjoyed it, it's great to have someone outside you feeding in really good information. We get on really well off the pitch and hopefully we can improve again for Saturday because we need to," he said.

"We will have learned a bit from last week and we can take it up a level. We feel we need to go up another level to beat them at Eden Park. That is the bottom line and a great challenge for us to try and get better again, and if we do it will be pretty special.

"We know they will be better, we know we will not be playing against 14 men again for the majority of the game. We have to focus on our own performance and we know they will be hurting, we need to match it," he said.