Nowell delighted, Best proud of Lions

British and Irish Lions wing Jack Nowell was delighted to score two tries in their 34-6 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton on Tuesday.

Nowell was joined by Jared Payne in crossing the whitewash, with a penalty try also on the board as they secured a midweek success.

After the game the Exeter Chiefs and England wing was happy with his own and the team's performance which gives the squad a boost.

"We wanted to play with a bit of excitement, score a few tries and finish that second to last midweek game before the Tests with a bang," he told Sky Sports in a post-match interview. "Any try in a Lions shirt means a lot. For me I am thankful I could do it for these boys."

Meanwhile, captain Rory Best was also proud of his fellow charges and hailed the team's character as they picked up their first midweek win.

"I think we're happy," he said. "We talked about getting a bit of a reaction from this group and although the results haven't looked great for us in midweek, we've actually put ourselves in a position to win games and win comfortably. We got ourselves in that position tonight and drove on. There's a team spirit there within this squad and you saw it tonight.

"We really worked hard for each other even at the end when it's easy to concede a try but you saw the way the boys kept marching forward and for a tighthead prop in the 80th minute to make a turnover it shows what it means to everyone.

"I couldn't be prouder of a bunch of guys who picked themselves up off the ground and really showed how much it means as a group."

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