Lions do not need additional motivation for decider against New Zealand - Rob Howley

Rob Howley insists the Lions do not need any motivation at Eden Park
Rob Howley insists the Lions do not need any motivation at Eden Park

British and Irish Lions head coach Rob Howley insists that the team does not need any extra motivation ahead of their third and final Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

Following their 21-24 win in Wellington, the Lions have levelled the series 1-1 and a win on Saturday will take them to their first series victory over All Blacks since 1971.

The Lions drafted former captain Brian O'Driscoll to present the jersey ahead of the first Test in Eden Park which the visitors lost 30-15 following which head coach Warren Gatland opted against a formal presentation in the second game.

Howley confirmed that Gatland has no plans of bringing a former player for a formal presentation ahead of the third game at Eden Park, where New Zealand have a formidable record.

"There's no plans for that at this moment in time, no.

"The one thing Warren Gatland has challenged us as coaches to do is to challenge the players, to use their experience and their talent, and to try to get the best out of that.

"We feel we've done that over the last couple of weeks.

"Don't get me wrong it's been a tough challenge. But we think we're getting there.

"We can get better and we need to improve on the weekend."

The Lions' win in Wellington was greatly aided by a red card to Sonny Bill Wiliams in the first half of the game and Howley admitted that having escaped a tough game last weekend, the players are determined to make history.

"I hope there will not be much left to be said," said Howley, referring to the last few hours' preparations on Saturday night.

"You can see a glint in the players' eyes today in training.

"Warby (Sam Warburton) got them in a circle afterwards.

"There's been a glint in the players' eyes since Saturday night in Wellington, and that glint hasn't gone away.

"Because they know they can create history. And that's the challenge, and the realisation of where we are at this moment in time."