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Video: Howley can sense his Lions are ready to roar

Rob Howley knows what it takes to win a Lions series – both as a player and as a coach – and the Welshman can sense something special brewing at Eden Park this weekend.

“There has been a glint in their eyes since Saturday night in Wellington.”

On the eve of the third and final Test against the All Blacks, Warren Gatland’s 2017 Lions are chasing a spot in the record books.

Not since 1994 have the All Blacks lost at Eden Park and not since 1971 have the Lions won a Test series in New Zealand.

But that could all change tomorrow night when the Lions – with growing momentum following last weekend’s second Test win in Wellington – run out in Auckland.

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And after Gatland named an unchanged 23 from the one that squeezed out a victory in the Westpac Stadium, Howley can feel the positive energy in the camp.

“You can see a glint in the players eyes today in training, Warby got them in the circle after,” he said.

“There has been a glint in their eyes since Saturday night in Wellington – that glint hasn’t gone away because they know they can create history on the weekend.

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“And that is the challenge and the realisation of where we are at this moment in time.

“There is that focus on the intensity and the challenge that we have got on Saturday. The session this morning there was intensity and there was clarity.”

Last weekend’s win over the All Blacks in Wellington was founded on a fine fightback in the final quarter that saw both Taulupe Faletau and Conor Murray cross for tries.

But before that ill-discipline was almost their undoing as Beauden Barrett kicked seven penalties for the 14-man All Blacks and Howley has warned his side to learn their lessons from that victory.

“We think we are getting there, but we can get better and we need to improve on the weekend,” he added.

“The challenge for us is to learn from last week, we want to keep pressure on the All Blacks.

“We put ourselves in a bit of a hole and we got ourselves out through our experience, and our clarity and thinking under pressure.

“We have to be better this weekend, we spoke about that from a defensive perspective.
“It is a week in which the players have refocused and it is a good place where we are.

“We want to get better in every component of the game which will be asked of us on Saturday.”

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