Sean O'Brien looking to win the physical battle against New Zealand

The Lions need to win on Saturday to level the series

Sean O'Brien looking to win the physical battle against New Zealand

Sean O'Brien. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Sean O'Brien is looking forward to fronting up against the All Blacks on Saturday as the Lions look to bring the series to a decider in Auckland in eight days time.

New Zealand won a pulsating battle at Eden Park last weekend by 30-15 and continued their winning run in Auckland - which stretches all the way back to 1994. 

"There’s been the buzz all week," said the flanker, adding: "Having another opportunity to go out and play and express ourselves again.

“There’s a disappointment from last week that we want to try and get over pretty quickly this weekend.

“We created a few opportunities we should have finished, and we did some things in the game that we’d spoke about, and we didn’t do them very well, such as our defence – we didn’t put them under enough pressure – so there were a few areas we were working on this week, and [we] just want to get back out there.

All Blacks' TJ Perenara and Sean O’Brien of the Lions. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

“They won [the physical] side of the game – there’s no point in saying any different – so that was obviously a big area for us that we let ourselves down [in], and we drew a line in the sand during the week and spoke about what way we need to go about our business this week, and it’s about actions now.

“In fairness to New Zealand, they put us under a lot of pressure and they certainly were on the money in term of the physical effort they put in.

“It wasn’t a lack of effort – we just sat off them a little bit and probably gave them a bit too much respect, so it’s a change of mindset, I think, this week,” he added.