Gatland displeased as Lions almost blow test

Injured captain Sam Warburton holds the series trophy after victory at ANZ Stadium.
Injured captain Sam Warburton holds the series trophy after victory at ANZ Stadium.
Lions players and staff celebrate their third test and series victory in Sydney.
Lions players and staff celebrate their third test and series victory in Sydney.
Jonathan Sexton celebrates the series victory with Lions fans in the stands.
Jonathan Sexton celebrates the series victory with Lions fans in the stands.
Brian O'Driscoll, dropped for the third test, celebrates the team's victory.
Brian O'Driscoll, dropped for the third test, celebrates the team's victory.
Lions fans pay tribute to former captain Brian O'Driscoll.
Lions fans pay tribute to former captain Brian O'Driscoll.
Lions and Wallabies players show contrasting emotions at the final whistle.
Lions and Wallabies players show contrasting emotions at the final whistle.
Centre Jamie Roberts dives over for a second half try that sealed the Lions' victory.
Centre Jamie Roberts dives over for a second half try that sealed the Lions' victory.
Lions lock Dan Lydiate rises high to take the ball from a lineout.
Lions lock Dan Lydiate rises high to take the ball from a lineout.
Centre Jamie Roberts sprints away from the chasing Wallabies defence.
Centre Jamie Roberts sprints away from the chasing Wallabies defence.
Jamie Roberts (centre) and Conor Murray congratulate Jonathan Sexton on his second half try.
Jamie Roberts (centre) and Conor Murray congratulate Jonathan Sexton on his second half try.
Justin Tipuric is fended off by Wallabies first-five James O'Connor.
Justin Tipuric is fended off by Wallabies first-five James O'Connor.
Lions prop Alex Corbisiero squeezes over for the first try of the deciding test.
Lions prop Alex Corbisiero squeezes over for the first try of the deciding test.
Leigh Halfpenny is consoled by Jonathan Sexton (left) and Sean Maitland after his extra-time penalty to win fell short.
Leigh Halfpenny is consoled by Jonathan Sexton (left) and Sean Maitland after his extra-time penalty to win fell short.
Wallabies players James Horwill and Benn Robinson celebrate as Leigh Halfpenny's kick misses.
Wallabies players James Horwill and Benn Robinson celebrate as Leigh Halfpenny's kick misses.
Wallabies fullback Adam Ashley-Cooper celebrates his match-winning try late in the second test.
Wallabies fullback Adam Ashley-Cooper celebrates his match-winning try late in the second test.
Lions wing George North lifts Israel Folau off the ground in the tackle.
Lions wing George North lifts Israel Folau off the ground in the tackle.
Lions captain Sam Warburton is helped from the field during the second test.
Lions captain Sam Warburton is helped from the field during the second test.
Leigh Halfpenny successfully kicks a penalty in the second half.
Leigh Halfpenny successfully kicks a penalty in the second half.
Lions prop Mako Vunipola charges through the Wallabies' defence.
Lions prop Mako Vunipola charges through the Wallabies' defence.
Lions wing George North evades two Wallabies players.
Lions wing George North evades two Wallabies players.
Alun Wyn Jones receives some treatment on his legs.
Alun Wyn Jones receives some treatment on his legs.
Mako Vunipola wipes his face during a break in play.
Mako Vunipola wipes his face during a break in play.
Lions fans at Etihad Stadium before the second test.
Lions fans at Etihad Stadium before the second test.
Lions fans at Etihad Stadium before the second test.
Lions fans at Etihad Stadium before the second test.
Kiwi-born Scottish international Sean Maitland goes over for one of the British & Irish Lions five tries in their 35-0 rout of the Melbourne Rebels.
Kiwi-born Scottish international Sean Maitland goes over for one of the British & Irish Lions five tries in their 35-0 rout of the Melbourne Rebels.
Melbourne's Cooper Vuna collides with Stuart Hogg going up for a high-ball.
Melbourne's Cooper Vuna collides with Stuart Hogg going up for a high-ball.
Lions centre Manu Tuilagi skips out of the grasp of the Melbourne Rebels' Jason Woodward.
Lions centre Manu Tuilagi skips out of the grasp of the Melbourne Rebels' Jason Woodward.
Five Lions fans spell out their support in Melbourne.
Five Lions fans spell out their support in Melbourne.
Simon Zebo finds space against the Melbourne Rebels.
Simon Zebo finds space against the Melbourne Rebels.
Melbourne's Rob Sidey is tackled off his feet by Brad Barritt.
Melbourne's Rob Sidey is tackled off his feet by Brad Barritt.
The victorious Lions walk up the players' tunnel to the applause of the fans.
The victorious Lions walk up the players' tunnel to the applause of the fans.
Lions players celebrate at the final whistle of the first test in Brisbane.
Lions players celebrate at the final whistle of the first test in Brisbane.
Kurtley Beale slips as he attempts to kick a potential match-winning penalty.
Kurtley Beale slips as he attempts to kick a potential match-winning penalty.
Jonathan Davies (right) gets up-ended as he collides in the air with Kurtley Beale.
Jonathan Davies (right) gets up-ended as he collides in the air with Kurtley Beale.
A fired-up Lions fan celebrates the first test victory.
A fired-up Lions fan celebrates the first test victory.
Jamie Heaslip (left) celebrates after Alex Cuthbert (centre) scored to give the British & Irish Lions the lead.
Jamie Heaslip (left) celebrates after Alex Cuthbert (centre) scored to give the British & Irish Lions the lead.
Israel Folau dives over to score one of his two tries in the first half.
Israel Folau dives over to score one of his two tries in the first half.
Israel Folau denies George North a try in the corner.
Israel Folau denies George North a try in the corner.
Wallabies halfback Will Genia is hit by Jamie Heaslip as he attempts to kick.
Wallabies halfback Will Genia is hit by Jamie Heaslip as he attempts to kick.
George North punches the ball in celebration after scoring in the first half for the Lions.
George North punches the ball in celebration after scoring in the first half for the Lions.
A trio of Irish Lions fans at Suncorp Stadium.
A trio of Irish Lions fans at Suncorp Stadium.
Christian Lealiifano is stretchered off in the opening minutes of the first test.
Christian Lealiifano is stretchered off in the opening minutes of the first test.
Match captain Rory Best lead the dejected British & Irish Lions off the field.
Match captain Rory Best lead the dejected British & Irish Lions off the field.
Lions centre Billy Twelvetrees is lifted off his feet in the tackle by Matt Toomua.
Lions centre Billy Twelvetrees is lifted off his feet in the tackle by Matt Toomua.
ACT Brumbies players celebrate their 14-12 victory over the British & Irish Lions.
ACT Brumbies players celebrate their 14-12 victory over the British & Irish Lions.
Lions wing Shane Williams tries to escape the grasp of Henry Speight.
Lions wing Shane Williams tries to escape the grasp of Henry Speight.
British & Irish Lions wing Christian Wade leaps for a high-ball against the Brumbies' Ian Prior during their tour match at Canberra Stadium.
British & Irish Lions wing Christian Wade leaps for a high-ball against the Brumbies' Ian Prior during their tour match at Canberra Stadium.
Brumbies wing Clyde Rathbone is hit by Christian Wade (left) and Rob Kearney.
Brumbies wing Clyde Rathbone is hit by Christian Wade (left) and Rob Kearney.
Jamie Heaslip of the Lions charges upfield during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Jamie Heaslip of the Lions charges upfield during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Rob Kearney of the Lions breaks with the ball during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Rob Kearney of the Lions breaks with the ball during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Jamie Roberts of the Lions is tackled by John Ulugia during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Jamie Roberts of the Lions is tackled by John Ulugia during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Simon Zebo of the Lions is tackled by Bernard Foley (L) and John Ulugia during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Simon Zebo of the Lions is tackled by Bernard Foley (L) and John Ulugia during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Lions No 8 Toby Faletau prepares to pack down into the scrum.
Lions No 8 Toby Faletau prepares to pack down into the scrum.
Three Lion-hooded fans watch the tourists rout Combined Country in Newcastle.
Three Lion-hooded fans watch the tourists rout Combined Country in Newcastle.
Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll is upended in a tackle in Newcastle.
Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll is upended in a tackle in Newcastle.
Brian O'Driscoll slides over to score against Country Combined.
Brian O'Driscoll slides over to score against Country Combined.
Lions forward Sean O'Brien dives over to score in the corner, one of 10 tries in the 64-0 rout.
Lions forward Sean O'Brien dives over to score in the corner, one of 10 tries in the 64-0 rout.
Sean Maitland skips away from the tackle of a Country Combined defender.
Sean Maitland skips away from the tackle of a Country Combined defender.
Ben Youngs (left) is congratulated by Owen Farrell after his second half try against Queensland.
Ben Youngs (left) is congratulated by Owen Farrell after his second half try against Queensland.
Tommy Bowe, with his right arm in a sling, is consoled by Richard Hibbard.
Tommy Bowe, with his right arm in a sling, is consoled by Richard Hibbard.
Queensland's Ben Tapuai is tackled high by a Lions player.
Queensland's Ben Tapuai is tackled high by a Lions player.
Lions wing George North fends off a Queensland Reds player.
Lions wing George North fends off a Queensland Reds player.
Richie Gray reaches back to pull down a lineout throw.
Richie Gray reaches back to pull down a lineout throw.
Lions first-five Owen Farrell takes a penalty kick at goal.
Lions first-five Owen Farrell takes a penalty kick at goal.
Sam Warburton leads the Lions out onto Suncorp Stadium in his debut match.
Sam Warburton leads the Lions out onto Suncorp Stadium in his debut match.
Powerful Irish flanker Sean O'Brien tries to use some fancy footwork to get the ball past the Force's Corey Brown.
Powerful Irish flanker Sean O'Brien tries to use some fancy footwork to get the ball past the Force's Corey Brown.
Lions and England prop Mako Vunipola charges at the Force defence.
Lions and England prop Mako Vunipola charges at the Force defence.
Not many Scots featured for the Lions against the Force but there was plenty Scottish spirit on display in the stands.
Not many Scots featured for the Lions against the Force but there was plenty Scottish spirit on display in the stands.
Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny landed 100 per cent of his attempts at goal for the Lions against the Force.
Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny landed 100 per cent of his attempts at goal for the Lions against the Force.
Lions coach Warren Gatland looks very pleased after his side comfortably beats the Western Force in Perth.
Lions coach Warren Gatland looks very pleased after his side comfortably beats the Western Force in Perth.
Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll leads out the Lions to face the Western Force.
Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll leads out the Lions to face the Western Force.
Lions tour captain Sam Warburton takes in the atmosphere in Perth. He is yet to start a game because of injury.
Lions tour captain Sam Warburton takes in the atmosphere in Perth. He is yet to start a game because of injury.
Celtic cousins: An Irish fan and a Welsh fan unite to support the Lions.
Celtic cousins: An Irish fan and a Welsh fan unite to support the Lions.
Irish wing Tommy Bowe shows why he was selected to tour despite missing the Six Nations for Ireland with injury.
Irish wing Tommy Bowe shows why he was selected to tour despite missing the Six Nations for Ireland with injury.
England and Lions centre Manu Tuilagi takes a run at the Western Force defence.
England and Lions centre Manu Tuilagi takes a run at the Western Force defence.
British and Irish fans are in fine voice as the Lions arrive in Perth to take on Super Rugby side, the Western Force.
British and Irish fans are in fine voice as the Lions arrive in Perth to take on Super Rugby side, the Western Force.
Ireland lock Paul O'Connell, who led the Lions to South Africa in 2009, feels the Hong Kong heat as the touring side take on the Barbarians.
Ireland lock Paul O'Connell, who led the Lions to South Africa in 2009, feels the Hong Kong heat as the touring side take on the Barbarians.
Takudzwa Ngwenya of the Barbarians is tackled by the Lions' Welsh duo of Jamie Roberts and Adam Jones, right.
Takudzwa Ngwenya of the Barbarians is tackled by the Lions' Welsh duo of Jamie Roberts and Adam Jones, right.
Wales halfback Mike Phillips dives over to score for the Lions against the Barbarians.
Wales halfback Mike Phillips dives over to score for the Lions against the Barbarians.
Ireland and Lions first-five Johnny Sexton lines up a shot at goal against the Barbarians.
Ireland and Lions first-five Johnny Sexton lines up a shot at goal against the Barbarians.

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland said their thrilling victory over Australia on Saturday was tinged with disappointment after they struggled to close out the match against an injury-hit Wallabies team.

The Lions led by eight points in the second half but conceded two soft penalties to allow the hosts back into the game and they were forced to cling on in the dying stages for a 23-21 win.

Australia's Kurtley Beale missed two kickable penalties in the final 10 minutes, the second one with the last kick of the match.

"The first half we scrummaged well, the line-out was good but we're disappointed with our game management," Gatland told Sky Sports.

"We gave them a couple of soft three pointers, but it shows how close this series is going to be. We saw some great tries out there by both sides. Could have gone either way but we'll take that."

Veteran centre Brian O'Driscoll said there were mixed emotions after the tourists took a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.

"(It was) Strange," he said. "Hearts in the mouth at the end, we probably should have lost it.

"We conceded those two penalties at the end but we didn't deserve to. We didn't get much luck - a couple of deflected kicks that went askew seemed to bounce in their arms - so maybe we got our break at the end."

Australia coach Robbie Deans was delighted by his side's character after they lost four key backs to injury during the match.

"It's a start for us, but just a start," he said. "We showed a lot character and a lot of strength but it was not to be. It was never going to be straightforward was it? But the boys produced enough to get a result.

"So now we go back to the drawing board and look at the state of the bodies and then go again next week. We will need more time in possession with the ball and we need to do more with it and have to show we can be more effective."

Australia winger Israel Folau marked a brilliant debut with two first-half tries that left his captain James Horwill purring.

"He's a freak of a talent. He's got that X-factor - when he gets his hands on the ball things can happen," Horwill said.

"Obviously next week is must-win and we'll be approaching it in that way. We're very disappointed. We were right in it, a couple of little errors, indiscipline from our end, gave them a leg up."

The Lions face the Melbourne Rebels on Tuesday before the second test in the same city on Saturday.

Reuters