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Phillips hopes for Lions Test nod

Mike Phillips sets off on a run with Brian O'Driscoll in support
Mike Phillips sets off on a run with Brian O'Driscoll in support

Mike Phillips hopes he has done enough to earn a starting Test spot for the Lions, after another impressive game at scrum-half against the Sharks.

The Wales and Ospreys number nine scored a try in a man-of-the-match display in Wednesday's 39-3 win.

"I was very pleased to score, I don't score many tries and I was delighted to get over the line," Phillips said.

"So who knows what's round the corner and hopefully, obviously, we all want to be in the Test side."

Phillips ran the show and was among several players who underlined their Test team credentials.

The tourists had only a slim 7-3 lead at half-time to show for their dominance, but it took just 75 seconds of the second period to extend their advantage.

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Flanker Tom Croft won quality line-out ball and Phillips set off on a weaving run that ended with him touching down and extending the lead to 12-3 and giving the Lions the platform to let loose.

"I'm just pleased with the way I'm playing, to be honest I'm just going out there and giving my best shot," Phillips added.

"Full credit to the boys, we were far more dominant than them [the Sharks] and in the second half we opened up nicely and it was nice to get a couple of tries.

"Out here it's going to be tough, these friendly games, but it's a matter of keeping your head and keeping the cool.

"We knew that as long as we worked them hard they were going to break down and the holes were going to appear.

"We were dominant throughout the game, they never looked like scoring and the boys were superb.

"We're very pleased to keep the momentum going on the tour, another win and onwards and upwards."

Centres Brian O'Driscoll and Jamie Roberts again proved a solid midfield partnership, although later there was the worrying sight of Wales and Blues centre Roberts sitting on the sidelines with his shoulder strapped up.

But Lions head coach Ian McGeechan played down any injury concerns surrounding the centre.

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"There's no problem. It is just bruising with Jamie's shoulder. He took a heavy bang on it, but [Lions doctor] James Robson is pretty happy," McGeechan said.

The tourists now move on to Cape Town, where Western Province await on Saturday, with confidence high that they can face South Africa in the first Test boasting an unbeaten record.



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