Warburton says job is only half done after tight win
Welshman admits it was too close for comfort in Brisbane
“It was a tough game,” he said. “In the first half we didn’t scrum well and that was disappointing.
“It was poor game management. We’ve gone in front but then given away soft three-pointers and given them a chance to get back in it.
“It shows how close the series is going to be, but at least we’ll be here to the last day now. I’m pretty happy. It could have gone either way but we’ll take that.
“We’ve got some things to work on, but I’m really happy with the result.”
Gatland has suffered plenty of heartache and frustration against Australia in the past, and thought it was happening again when Beale lined up the final penalty kick.
“I thought, ‘This can’t happen again’,” he said. “It’s happened to me the last four times with Australia, always in the last minute or so, so you need one of those to go your way.”
For Brian O’Driscoll, it was a rare success – only his second Lions Test win in seven attempts.
“It feels strange,” he said. “Hearts were in mouths at the end obviously, and we probably should have lost conceding those two penalties, you felt we didn’t deserve it.
“But we didn’t get much luck in the game, a lot of deflected kicks and kicks that went askew went into their arms, so maybe we got our luck at the end.”
Australia will have been left frustrated as victory slipped through their fingers at the finish, but they can take plenty of confidence from a match in which they overcame injuries to Christian Leali’ifano, Berrick Barnes and substitute Pat McCabe to take the Lions to the wire.
“It’s very disappointing,” captain James Horwill said of the defeat. “We were right in it but ill-discipline at the end and a couple of little errors allowed them to get a leg-up.
“In the first half we didn’t have a lot of the ball, but we made the most of what we had and we can take a lot of confidence out of that. In the end we need to be a bit more clinical and make the most of our opportunities.
“Our set-pieces were very good and I thought as the game went on we got better at scrum time. We’ve been working hard and done a lot of work on the scrums that gave us a shot at winning.”