British and Irish Lions: Captain Sam Warburton savours series success
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton admits their Test series success over Australia has yet to sink in.
Last Updated: 10/07/13 8:10pm
The Lions secured their first series victory in 16 years on Saturday when they thumped the Wallabies 41-16, which was just their fifth series success in Australia.
More than a hundred fans welcomed home the triumphant Lions at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday morning, with a huge cheer going up when captain Warburton emerged with the trophy.
"It is a great feeling," said Warburton. "This Lions tour has been a long time coming so it is nice to come back with a trophy.
"It has only been done nine times in 125 years so all the players know they are part of a very prestigious group and are very proud of that.
"It won't sink in for a long time, I think. It feels quite surreal being part of a Lions touring party.
"Only four years ago I got capped for Wales during the first Lions tour. I got on the development tour and I never thought I would be in this situation four years later.
"Maybe in a few months' time or a few years' time I might watch back a DVD and realise what we achieved."
Warburton was ruled out of the final Test with a hamstring tear and admitted he couldn't relax on the sideline until the 75th minute.
"People might have thought I might have relaxed in the 60th minute," he said.
"But being the pessimist I am and knowing Australia can always strike back with a few tries in a few minutes, I could not relax until it was five minutes to go.
"I figured out in my head that they had to get a try every 75 seconds to win, which I would have backed our defence on that one. That's the point I started smiling and celebrating."