Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Warburton eager to wrap up series

Sam Warburton admits the game 'can't come quickly enough'
Sam Warburton admits the game 'can't come quickly enough'

Sam Warburton insists the British and Irish Lions are determined to remove the need for a series decider by toppling Australia on Saturday in a match he views as the biggest of his career.

The Lions enter the second Test at the Etihad Stadium, where the roof will be closed, on the brink of their first series victory for 16 years after edging the Wallabies 23-21 in Brisbane last weekend.

Tour captain Warburton is braced for an all-out assault from Australia as they seek to turn the Sydney showdown on July 6 into the pivotal encounter, and knows the 2013 squad must produce "something special" if they are to secure their place in history.

"I've had nervous excitement this week," the 24-year-old openside said.

"It's quite strange when you wake up every day knowing that this time in five days you could be series winners, then it's four days, three days, two days....

"The game can't come quick enough. There's no complacency thinking we have a week off because there's another opportunity in the third Test.

"If we need the third Test then the momentum will have swung completely. We definitely want to finish it off this weekend and the players are motivated to do that.

"I think this will be the biggest game of my life. Winning a Lions series will be something nobody's achieved since 1997.

"It's knowing what you could achieve, but also that it will take something special to do that."

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