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"We've got to take it on the chin", says Gatland

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Jun 19, 2013

Warren Gatland tells his thoughts on yesterdays defeat to the Brumbies;

"The Brumbies put us under pressure at the breakdown and we weren''t good enough.

"Inaccuracy at the lineout and securing the ball was a problem. We weren't quite good enough.

"We made a few changes and were much better in the second half. We played too much rugby in our own half and needed to be a bid better.

"The lineout was one of those things. They put us under a bit of pressure and there were a few not straights and a few long throws.

"We wanted to let the players out there work themselves through it. But the boys coming on played us back into it.

"We've got to take it on the chin.

"It's hard to look at Saturday at the moment. We will look at the tape and start preparing for Brisbane.

"We thought we were on the front foot but now we've taken a bit of a backward step.

"We've picked up a few injuries and we have to get the balance right with the numbers. We didn't want people to come and not have an opportunity.

"We are surprised by how many backs have got injured. Normally we expect loose forwards to have problems.

Lions captain Rory Best said "We got beaten up tonight and the Brumbies upset our game.

"We are not making excuses. We got nervy at the lineout and at this level if you can't secure the ball, you will be under a lot of pressure.

"We had a good team run yesterday. We were very confident in the ability of this team.

"We let our standards drop tonight and the 23 picked on Saturday will have to raise those again."

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