“Some Weeks You Can Just Feel It, Boys” – Furlong Says Lions Are Ready To Go For The 2nd Test

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

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Jason Hennessy

Feel it.

British and Irish Lions prop Tadhg Furlong says it’s “do-or-die” for the Springboks this weekend as they look to exact revenge on their opening Test defeat.

Furlong was part of a squad who were in the same boat four years ago in New Zealand but there’s no doubt he’ll be hoping for a different outcome this time around as the tourists look to put the series to bed.

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The Irishman is set to start his fifth consecutive Test match for the Lions this weekend, an astonishing feat for the Wexford man who is widely regarded as one of the finest props in the game today.

“It’s do-or-die [this weekend], isn’t it?” said Furlong.

“I was part of a [Lions] group four years ago that would have had a similar mindset going into a second Test after losing the first [against New Zealand].

“It’s do-or-die and it means so much for players on our side and players on their side and everything they have achieved. Everything is on the line.”

But the Lions have been “humming” along nicely all week and Furlong says some weeks you can just “feel” that the players are ready for the massive challenge that awaits them.

“Lads are sharp,” said Furlong.

“At training today, I thought the lads were really sharp. I think there’s a good energy about us, and there’s a nice bit of bite there, so everyone’s really looking forward to the weekend. You can feel that, you can feel that around the place.”

“You gauge it from training. Now I’m not a body language expert or vibe expert, whatever you want to call it, but you can just feel it, some weeks you can just feel it, boys.

“It’s just there, nicely, we’re humming away, so can’t wait for the weekend and see how it transpires.”

The Boks will likely throw the kitchen sink at the Lions this weekend but Furlong believes the tourists can be even better this weekend.

“I definitely think … there’s another few levels in us,” he added.

“I thought when we created opportunities at times, we let a few of them slip. So absolutely, when the time is to play and we get a chance to play, we need to play.

“We’re just trying to go out and win the game, there’s not a whole lot more in it. It’s trying to mentally get back up the hill to go play another huge Test game. We have one in the back pocket if we lose, but it’s not about using that as an excuse or resting on those laurels.”