British & Irish Lions
Lions to be met with force
ESPN Staff
June 3, 2013
Robbie Deans says the Lions are "formidable"

The British & Irish Lions will find a very different challenge in Perth from that provided by the Barbarians in Hong Kong, with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans suggesting that Western Force will look to play a very physical brand of rugby.

The Lions barely got out of first gear in Hong Kong, where they defeated the Barbarians 59-8, and they would not have raised a sweat had it not been for the humid conditions. Deans, at his press conference at Australian Rugby Union headquarters on Sunday, described the fixture as a "junket" for the Baa-Baas players, but he nevertheless described the Lions as a "formidable" squad of players whom the Australian Super Rugby franchises would all be keen to test.

"It was good to see the Lions on the screen, and this week they hit the ground and it begins for real," Deans told Tony Squires, Tim Horan and Matt Burke on Triple M's The Ruck Show. "The next time they hit the ground, it'll be a very different game when they meet the Force on Wednesday. And I'm picking the Force will really look to take them apart limb by limb. And that's what hopefully they'll get for the duration of the Tour."

Deans denied that he had an inside track on the tactics and game plan to be deployed by the Force, or any of the Australian sides to host the Lions ahead of the three-Test series for the Tom Richards Cup.

But he did say that "we will talk" to the sides. "We won't prescribe or seek to intervene in any in terms of the way they approach their work, but we will take an interest in what they do and how effective it is."

Deans said the different game plans that would undoubtedly be deployed by Australia's Super Rugby sides and also the Combined New South Wales-Queensland Country XV could provide the Wallabies with great insight when they considered the Lions' responses.

Robbie Deans also discussed Kurtley Beale, Quade Cooper and the mounting injury problems affecting the Wallabies. Listen to his interview with The Ruck Show in full below.

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