British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has revealed he was “ready for 20 minutes of extra time” at the dramatic third Test conclusion against world champions New Zealand.
And Warburton admitted it would have been good to see a winner after the Eden Park clash ended 15-15 and resulted in a first drawn Lions Test series since 1955.
“I was expecting to go again,” said Warburton, after Owen Farrell’s 78th-minute penalty tied things up. “I didn’t actually realise it was a drawn series. I was ready for 20 minutes of extra time.
“I was trying to drink as many electrolytes as I could because I was cramping up, but then I realised everyone was shaking hands and I thought: ‘Oh, it’s a drawn series’.
“You never think it is going to go down to that situation, so I never looked into what would potentially happen.
“If I had to, I would probably have tossed a coin and gone for the win, with extra-time or a golden point or something. I think it would have made for an amazing climax. I think it would be nice to see a winner.
“Obviously, as players, you always want to win, but I guess we have done the Lions jersey proud and I am sure people will be looking forward to the next tour in four years’ time.
“It’s a little bit cheesy, I guess, but rugby was the winner. People make up rivalries but we know these players.
“I played against them (the All Blacks) in three Tests (for Wales) last year, three Tests this year. We chat quite a lot and they are all top blokes, real nice guys.
“It was really enjoyable on the pitch. You have a bit of niggle sometimes but most of the time you are helping each other off the floor and we’ve got a lot of respect for each other, so there is a lot of good friendships between the two dressing rooms.”
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