Skipper proud after series win
Published 06/07/2013 | 13:39
Stand-in Lions captain Alun-Wyn Jones was happy to "represent four countries with pride" as the British and Irish Lions hammered Australia 41-16 to take the three-match series 2-1.
Warren Gatland's men ended up rampant winners in Sydney as they pulled away from a precarious-looking 19-16 lead, securing a first Lions series win since 1997 in the process.
The victory also put the debate over the non-selection of Brian O'Driscoll to bed, and Jones was pleased that rugby had taken over as the main talking point, telling Sky Sports 1: "It's a pretty indescribable feeling."
He added: "A lot has been said about the selections but we just want to thank the fans. I think we proved, despite the selections, that the northern hemisphere is doing pretty well. On Wednesday and Thursday we had the two worst training sessions of the seven weeks we've been here, but we fronted up today.
"We represented our four countries with pride. We wanted to win the collisions and the breakdown and it came down to that today."
Aside from O'Driscoll's omission, the hot topic of the week had been Australia captain James Horwill's inclusion. He was twice cleared of stamping and took to the field, but could not stop the tide of red which washed over his side.
"We made too many errors early on and gave them a head start," he said.
"We started the second half well but we let them get away, give them credit. We just weren't good enough. We let ourselves down and we need to be better."
Jones led the Lions in the absence of the injured Sam Warburton, but his fellow Welshman joined him on the field at the end to collect the trophy for the series win.
"Unlucky to you Australian boys," Warburton said. "It's been an immense Test series. To our boys, a massive well done. We worked hard for this. To the fans, who spent thousands of pounds to come here, you've made our tour."