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O'Driscoll: Lions need to hit the ground running

Brian O'Driscoll has called on his British and Irish Lions team-mates to hit the ground running from the first whistle in tomorrow's crucial second Test against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld.

The Lions were slow out of the blocks last week allowing the Springboks to boss the game and move 26-7 ahead early in the second half. The tourists launched a late comeback and nearly snatched what would have been a dramatic victory and need to start tomorrow as they finished last week.

O'Driscoll made it clear that the Lions need to make the world champions work harder and not give away any soft scores: "Some of the rugby played at the weekend showed some confidence and that we can play the game we want to. We have to bring that out from the kick-off this weekend because we can't afford to give them a 19-point lead and chase it back."

"We probably didn't play early enough last weekend and that was to our detriment. Hopefully we can play earlier in the first half tomorrow, cut off the Springboks and make them work for their scores a little bit more than we did last weekend."

The Ireland centre continued: "Obviously we were hopeful to win that game but it's done now and we are out to win Test two and three, and it is as simple as that."

South Africa destroyed the Lions in both the scrum and the line-out last week, but the inclusion of Adam Jones, Matthew Rees and Simon Shaw should give the tourists more beef upfront and hopefully build a platform for the backs.

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