Paul O'Connell praises the Lions' efforts up front against the Barbarians
Paul O'Connell highlighted the Lions' work in the set-piece as the foundations to their win over the Barbarians.
Last Updated: 01/06/13 9:10pm
Man-of-the-match Mike Phillips and winger Alex Cuthbert both touched down twice for the Lions while skipper O'Connell, Jonathan Davies, Dan Lydiate and substitute Alun-Wyn Jones all scored tries.
Owen Farrell landed 15 points with the boot and his replacement, Jonathan Sexton, added two conversions while Kahn Fotuali'i scored the Barbarians' solitary try.
"I'm delighted to get the win and win really well," O'Connell told Sky Sports. "The [hot and humid] conditions, that was the big worry for everybody, but we wore them down in the first half and the points came fairly easily in the second half.
"Set-piece is such a massive part of the game. If you turn over the line out you get possession back. If you turn over the scrum you get a penalty, three points for 50 metres, so set-piece and the scrum set a massive platform for us today.
"They had nothing to play off really and we had a lot to play off, got a lot of ground and got a lot of points off them."
However, O'Connell refused to read too much into the win in the stamina-sapping conditions as humidity levels touched 94 per cent.
"It's hard to tell," the Ireland forward said when asked how this result sets up the rest of the tour.
"The conditions were very hard. Obviously the Barbarians are a great side but maybe mentally they aren't in the same place as we were so it's very hard to tell. "