Gatland : British & Irish Lions are in ‘great shape’

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland says that the Lions are in “great
shape” ahead of the first Test in in Brisbane on Saturday.

Gatland says that the Lions loss on Tuesday was a “blip” for them
and says that they have learned from the loss.

“Yeah, Tuesday night (loss to the Brumbies) was a bit of a blip for us.
We’ve come away and we’ve looked at Tuesday and in the conditions, we’ve probably
tried to play a little bit too much rugby and you know, probably haven’t handled
the conditions that well.

“But we’ve looked back particularly in the last two Saturdays against
the Reds and the Waratahs, a lot of players from the side have been building
that momentum for the last couple of weeks, ” said Gatland.

Gatland said that the Lions feel like they are in better shape that Australia’s
Wallabies as they have had a few recent matches whereas the Australian team
has not played together since the end of last year.

“You know, we feel very positive where we are. Going into Saturday, we
feel like we’ve got a few hit-outs under our belts in terms of, you know it’s
given us given us that match-hardened edge we’ve been looking for.”

“And physically we feel like we’re in great shape. The boys feel really
fresh and they’re really looking forward to it. “

The Wallabies players were pulled out of Super Rugby three weeks ago and could
find they are initially lacking some match fitness.

“And perhaps from their point of view with the Australian team not having
played for three or four weeks, a lot of their players, two or three key players,
been a bit longer than that for them because they’ve been out injured as well.

“So, you know, we need to really take it to them physically and with the
kind of tempo that they’re used to putting on other sides.”

Press Conference video follows below.

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