Rugby Union: ‘Reality check’ for Lions as unbeaten run ends

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Warren Gatland admitted the British and Irish Lions had been given “a reality check” after they lost their unbeaten tour record yesterday.

The Lions went down 14-12 to the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium, and there could be few realistic complaints from a team outgunned up-front for an hour before head coach Gatland summoned reinforcements off the bench.

It was the Lions’ first defeat against an Australian provincial team since Queensland beat them 42 years ago.

“We didn’t have the urgency and intensity that we needed in the first-half. We are disappointed,” said Gatland, whose squad had won five games in succession.

“All credit to the Brumbies. They played well, they frustrated us and it was a tough day at the office. It’s a part of being on tour, regrouping.”