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Last Updated: Monday, 23 May, 2005, 21:53 GMT 22:53 UK
Wilkinson respects plucky Pumas
Jonny Wilkinson
British and Irish Lions saviour Jonny Wilkinson shrugged off any talk of complacency after his late kick earned the hosts a 25-25 draw with Argentina.

"We did get away with a draw but we had a lot of pressure on them in the end - nobody was under the illusion it was going to be easy," said the fly-half.

"It was very tough out there but it would have been worse if we hadn't come together. Argentina are a class outfit.

"We have to take positives and learning from the negatives will help."

Wilkinson levelled the match from a tight angle with the final kick of the game and admitted he was hoping to avoid such a scenario.

"I wasn't hoping for one of those," he said.

"I don't know how many of those you get in a career and I've just used one up."

It was a difficult game, the Pumas played really well and were the better side
Michael Owen

Wilkinson lamented the lack of ball retention that marred the Lions play.

"There were glimpses but we did lose the ball a bit and you can't play rugby when you don't have the ball," he said.

Welshman Michael Owen could not hide his frustration after leading the Lions out at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

"It was a difficult game, the Pumas played really well and were the better side," said the captain on the night.

"It is bitterly disappointing, but we have to take positives from a draw.

"We were trying to keep the ball but were consistently turning it over. I am relieved, but disappointed, but like any sport you have highs and lows."


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