Warburton expects a response from Wales

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has called on his Wales side to provide a response to last week's defeat to England by expressing themselves on the pitch. [more]

Warburton expects a response from Wales

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has called on his Wales side to provide a response to last week’s defeat to England by expressing themselves on the pitch.

Warburton, who skippered the Lions during their victorious 2013 tour of Australia, was part of the Welsh outfit that lost 21-16 to England at the Millennium Stadium last week.

They now face a trip to Scotland and, with ten British & Irish Lions starting the clash at BT Murrayfield, Warburton is confident of bouncing back.

“We need to try and play a bit more rugby,” said the flanker. “That is what we are about, and when we play well we get our key players in the game and get some go-forward.

“Teams are starting to play a little bit less rugby against us, and it’s how we can adapt to that.

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“We have spoken about it as players, and if it happened again I think we would respond a lot better than we did last Friday.

“Everybody has had a really good look at their own game and how they can improve, whether it is in the contact area or a front-row forward at the scrum."

However, Warburton does expect a tough contest against a Scotland side that will include Lions compatriots Richie Gray and Stuart Hogg.

“It’s always an arm-wrestle for quite a long time against Scotland and, looking at them now, their line speed is excellent in defence – it will be another big challenge for us,” he added.

“One step at a time, but we have to win on Sunday.”

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