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Last Updated: Friday, 1 July, 2005, 08:42 GMT 09:42 UK
Woodward calls for strong leaders
British and Irish Lions coach Sir Clive Woodward
British and Irish Lions coach Sir Clive Woodward has told his team to fight their way out of a corner and emerge victorious in the second Test.

New Zealand outplayed the Lions as they won the first Test 21-3.

And Woodward admitted: "We are in a corner, there's no underestimating that, and we need strong people and strong leadership.

"It's a very, very good New Zealand team we're playing but I still believe we can win."

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Woodward has also urged his players to take inspiration from previous tours ahead of Saturday's Test.

"You can learn from history," said Woodward. "It's happened before to winning Lions tours.

"They lost in 1989 very, very badly. All hell broke loose but then they went on to win the next two Test matches.

"I believe we can win. There's been a lot of negatives in the media but you have to keep it in perspective."

The Lions lost the first Test on their previous tour of New Zealand in 1993, but levelled the series in the second.

The 21-3 first Test defeat on the current tour saw the Lions outplayed in all areas, with the lineout a particular cause of concern.

But Woodward said the response of his players was a real cause of optimism.

"We came second last week because we didn't have enough ball," said Woodward.

"We didn't play well and we'll put up our hands up, but I would have been more worried if we had played well and lost.

"We can fix these things and I believe tomorrow night will be very different.

"This is international rugby; whenever you play teams like Australia and New Zealand the front five has to win quality ball otherwise it's very, very difficult to win.

"I am sure the front five will turn up on Saturday, if they don't we won't win."

Woodward has made major changes to the side that lost the first Test, with five new players in the forwards and another two in the backs as well as some positional alterations.

And the coach is hopeful the momentum gained in the midweek 109-6 defeat of Manawatu will carry through to the Test.

"The midweek team's response to losing the first Test match was incredibly positive and I think that has put us all in a positive mood," said the coach.

"We knew that there was something fundamentally wrong and now we get the chance to change it but this is a one-off, there's no more second chances.




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