Lions hooker Rory Best pulled no punches as he assessed his side's performance in losing 14-12 against the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium this morning.
The Ulster man, captain for the day, admitted they had been nervy and outfought up front by a Brumbies side that he said showed much more hunger than the tourists.
"We got physically beaten up up front, they put a lot of pressure on the set-piece and we got a bit nervy, and all credit to the Brumbies they were hungrier than us right across the board," Best said.
"We were feeling very confident, we knew it was going to be a tough task but we just didn't turn up tonight.
"Right from the very off they just wanted it more, they took their chances and you have to give them massive credit."
Best also refused to use the changes made to the Lions XV as a reason for the performance, saying: "I don't think we're looking for excuses, we brought in quality players. When you looked across the team we had a quality team, we just got beaten up at the breakdown tonight.
"We definitely got nervy. At this level if you can't secure that ball you're always going to be under pressure.
"The forwards will stand up and take a lot of the heat, and deservedly so."
Best added: "We let our standards drop tonight and it'll be up to the 15 and 23 guys picked this weekend to raise those again."
"To win is an incredible feeling, unreal" - Brumbies captain Peter Kimlin
"We didn't want to lose the momentum that we've gained on the tour, but we've done that and now we have to dust ourselves down and see where we go from here."
Brumbies captain Peter Kimlin said they had targeted the Lions lineout and scrum in a bid to put their opponents under pressure.
He said: "Especially the lineout, at scrum time we had a pretty tough time because that's a phenomenal scrum they've got there.
"At lineout time we had good pressure there and it went a long way to winning the game tonight."
He added of the result: "To win is an incredible feeling, unreal".
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