JOHANNESBURG, July 4 (Reuters) – Josh Adams said the disappointment of leaving his fiancee pregnant at home and missing the birth of her child was dampened by four attempts for the British and Irish Lions in their first game tour in South Africa.
The Welsh winger scored all four goals in the second half as the Lions got off to a good start, beating their Johannesburg namesakes 56-14 in the air at Ellis Park on Saturday.
“The elevation is no joke it’s hard but it was great to have a good start. I had a few walk-ins so I can’t take too much credit for myself but I’m happy to mark four, of course yes. ” he said at a press conference.
“Every opportunity you have to play is a chance to make a statement. I thought the boys were great, some of the things we played were brilliant and it’s a big improvement over the game against Japan.”
Adams, 26, also scored for the Lions against Japan in Edinburgh in the team’s warm-up test before leaving for South Africa.
He had to make a tough decision about the eight-week tour and missing the birth of an expected baby girl.
“I had the full support of my whole family so it’s more to thank them for supporting me, giving me their full support before I go out and everything I do here is all for them at home “, did he declare.
He spoke to his fiancee Georgia Davies after the game.
“I told him, don’t jump too much all over the place!” He said.
Adams said the Lions experience is all about enjoying the unique distinction of going on a tour that only takes place every four years.
“There’s no point unless you want to take advantage of it. Take advantage of the moment, it’s a special occasion for everyone, whether you’ve played for the Lions nine times or done three previous tours or this is your first time. “said Adams.
Editing by Ed Osmond
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