"I definitely benefitted from playing last week. As I said then, the more game time you have the more you are able to suss out the contact area and get your match fitness going," said Warburton.
"I was pleased with the performance and I thought all the forwards stepped up. That made my job a lot easier because everyone was competing at the breakdown area and I thought we did pretty well there.
"We were all very aware of our discipline and we didn't break it at all. It was something that Warren alluded to at half-time and the players all knew that if they had an issue they should come to me and I passed it on to the referee.
"I thought the ref did listen and he gave us penalties for blocking and things like that off the ball and I really enjoyed working with him and I think we had a good relationship."
With only a week to go to the first Test against the Qantas Wallabies the challenge from the HSBC Waratahs was just what the Lions were looking for. They met it head on, dealt with it and emerged triumphant with five tries.
"The Waratahs were really tough. The scoreboard didn't reflect how well they played. We definitely stepped up and the forwards did a good job and the backs were very clinical," added Warburton.
"I'm pleased with the performance all round. We knew whoever won the collisions would go a long way to winning the match and I felt we did well in that department.
"Next week will be immensely tough against the Wallabies - I found that out with Wales.They're an amazingly tough team to play and that's the bit everyone is looking forward to.
"We have another game versus the Brumbies which again will be a good help. Until that game it's hard to look at the Test match.
"Next week will have an edge. There will be more fans in Brisbane and its game on."