Warren Gatland enjoys ‘raw’ celebrations in the Lions’ dressing room after their thrilling win over South Africa, while captain Alun Wyn Jones admits it took ‘very hard work’ to miraculously cover his dislocated shoulder
- Warren Gatland revealed there were raucous parties after Lions won
- Lions won 22-17 against South Africa despite trailing 12-3 at halftime
- Alun Wyn Jones was elated after returning from a dislocated shoulder
Warren Gatland revealed there were ‘rough’ celebrations in the dressing room after his British and Irish Lions kicked off their summer tour with a 22-17 win against South Africa.
The Lions had a difficult first half, trailing 12-3 at halftime, but reacted to an encouraging win.
Gatland admitted it would always be a difficult encounter, but expressed confidence that his team can prevail in the series.
Warren Gatland revealed there were raucous celebrations after the Lions’ victory on Saturday
Gatland’s team achieved a 22-17 success against South Africa trailing 12-3 12
Gatland told Sky Sports: “The locker room was pretty rough, the guys are jumping up and down. It was a tough, tight test match, it would always be. We have a chance to win the series, so that’s the most important thing to me. We got a few bounces off the ball in the second half.
“We gave away some soft penalties in the first half and didn’t really get into the game. We didn’t have to panic because we felt we were still very much in the game.
Alun Wyn Jones emphasized he ‘worked very hard’ to be available for the tour
Alun Wyn Jones was in action for just four weeks after dislocating his left shoulder and initially being banned from the tour.
Jones revealed that the Lions were looking to pick up their pace for the second period and stressed that there is still a long way to go in the series.
The 35-year-old admitted he has worked hard to be fit for the tournament.
Jones told Sky Sports: “I’ve worked really hard to get back to being a part of this. The kicking game probably took hold and set pieces became more common towards the end of the game.
‘We have extended our trap game, we will definitely look at that for the next game. We were talking about pace. Out of respect for South Africa, we still have two games to go.’
The sides will compete again next Saturday for the final meeting on August 7.