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I gave it my best shot - Williams

Shane Williams finds his way blocked
Shane Williams finds his way blocked against Emerging Springboks

Shane Williams believes he gave winning a Lions Test place against South Africa his best shot as the tourists drew 13-13 with Emerging Springboks.

Weather conditions at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday were horrendous, limiting opportunities for both sides.

But following Saturday's first Test 26-21 defeat, Williams remains hopeful.

"I tried my best and that's all I can do. I worked to the 80 minutes and who knows? It's out of my hands now," said the Wales wing.

Lions head coach Ian McGeechan and his coaching team meet on Wednesday to finalise the side that faces the Springboks in Pretoria on Saturday, in a game the tourists must win to avoid a third successive Test-series loss.

Graham Henry was in charge when they went down 2-1 to Australia in 2001 and the New Zealander then guided the All Blacks to a 3-0 drubbing of Sir Clive Woodward's team in 2005.

No matter what the series outcome, Welshman Williams - the reigning International Rugby Board Player of the Year and Wales' record international try-scorer - wants to play his part in helping to put the tour back on track at Loftus Versfeld.


He arrived in South Africa as a favourite for the Lions Test side, but while rivals Tommy Bowe and Ugo Monye can boast eight tries between them on tour Williams has not yet broken his duck.

He said: "I really don't know [if I've done enough to win a Test spot]. Hopefully I showed enough effort and that I still want to be involved in this tour, but it was a difficult game to get involved in, full stop.

"It could potentially have been my last game, potentially it couldn't be, so we'll have to wait and see.

"I'm not going to dwell too much on it until the team's been picked.

"But I was quite happy with the way I performed. I knew that I was under a lot of pressure and I was determined not to make any mistakes."

The Lions led 13-6 going into the final minute only to concede a late try by Danwel Dimas that Willem de Waal converted.

"Conditions certainly don't help, but we knew it was the same for both sides," Williams added.

I'm 100% sure it's [the draw with Emerging Springboks] going to have no effect at all whatsoever on the guys and the game at the weekend

Shane Williams

"You get anxious every game, believe me and every game's as difficult as the next one.

"I think regardless of the score we did try our best. We gave our all and it was a tough game and we didn't lose the game and that's one positive thing to come out of it.

"Hopefully it puts us in good stead for the Springboks on the weekend.

"It [the late try] only affected us on the field because we felt we should have won the game. It's not nice conceding a try so late on in the game.

"But I'm 100% sure it's going to have no effect at all whatsoever on the guys and the game at the weekend.

"We didn't lose the game and that's one good thing to take out of it."

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