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"Next week we'll have an edge as there will be more fans in Brisbane and it will be game on," - Warburton

Updated: Saturday, 15 Jun 2013 13:32 | Comments

Sam Warburton: "Next week we'll have an edge as there will be more fans in Brisbane and it will be game on."
Sam Warburton: "Next week we'll have an edge as there will be more fans in Brisbane and it will be game on."

Sam Warburton believes today's 47-17 victory over a tough Waratahs team provided the perfect preparation for the Lions' first Test match against Australia.

Leigh Halfpenny produced a commanding performance as the unbeaten Lions delivered their best display Down Under just seven days before tackling the Wallabies.

Wales full-back Halfpenny scored 30 points - two tries, four conversions and four penalties - while fly-half Jonathan Sexton, flanker Tom Croft and centre Jonathan Davies also added touchdowns to complete an outstanding team performance.

The Waratahs played their part - centre Tom Carter claimed two tries - but they were ultimately outclassed, with Halfpenny finishing just seven short of equalling the all-time individual Lions points record set by Alan Old in 1974.

Warburton told Sky Sports: "The Waratahs were really tough and I don't think the score reflected the way they played, but we definitely stepped up and I knew we had to.

"I thought the forwards did a great job and the backs were very clinical so I'm very pleased with the performance.

"From watching the Waratahs we knew they were very similar to us and very direct.

After tackling Super Rugby side Brumbies in Canberra on Tuesday night, the Lions head to Brisbane.

"That's the bit we're most looking forward to and next week is going to be massive," Warburton added. "Australia are an intensely tough side to play and it's going to be a challenge on Saturday.

"But we first go into the game against the Brumbies and it's going to be another tough one for us so until that game's over we just have to think about that.

"Next week we'll have an edge as there will be more fans in Brisbane and it will be game on."

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