Defeat 'hurts like hell' - Parling
British and Irish Lions lock Geoff Parling admitted the first tour defeat Down Under "hurts like hell" after Warren Gatland's side were edged out by the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium.
After scoring 261 points and 33 tries in winning five successive games, the Lions were dealt a major setback as they lost their unbeaten record in the 14-12 loss. It was the first time they had lost to any provincial team since South African side Northern Transvaal beat them 16 years ago.
The defeat came just four days before the first Test against Australia, when the Lions will set out on the road to a possible first series series triumph since 1997, and Leicester lock Parling said: "We spoke straight after the game, and we've got to pick ourselves up straightaway. We can't mope around. This hurts, it hurts like hell, but you can't start feeling sorry for yourself."
He added: "There are some massive games around the corner. We can't afford to have our heads down. That is not just with the game at the weekend in mind, but I am thinking as well about the environment and going back to the hotel.
"If people mope around then that might spread. We just can't afford to be like that. We have a massive game at the weekend and we need to pick ourselves up and get back on the horse.
"You can't feel sorry for yourself. You put a brave face on it and you move on. We need to face this and get on with it."
Parling went on as a second-half substitute and played a key part in underpinning a vastly-improved display after the Lions suffered a mauling during the first 40 minutes.
But it was not enough to stave off a defeat, with the Brumbies securing a famous win through three Jesse Mogg penalties after centre Tevita Kuridrani posted an early try.
"You'd rather we won and kept that run going. You would rather you did not need a reality check," Parling added. "But if it has come, we'd rather it come tonight and not at the weekend. It's very frustrating, and we certainly know we've got to be better.
"We got a little bit edgy at the lineout, and we need to come back from this. I would love to be involved at the weekend. After you lose any game the thing you want to do is play again as quickly as possible."