Noble rejects underdogs tag
Great Britain coach Brian Noble has rejected claims that his side are outsiders going into their crunch do-or-die Gillette Tri-Nations decider in Brisbane on Saturday.
Noble has dismissed the notion of favouritism as the old enemies come face-to-face for the second time in the series.
"Underdogs and ‚'overdogs', I don't think there are such things at this level of football," said Noble.
"I think what we're fully aware of and what we fully understand is the Australians are a pretty good team. But we think we are as well.
"That's how we started this competition and it's still in our hands. We've got to perform at the weekend."
The Lions finally arrived in Brisbane on Thursday lunchtime after electing to prepare at their Sydney base after leaving Wellington.
Noble made it clear the squad had worked tirelessly in training all week to correct the mistakes of their 34-4 defeat at the hands of New Zealand.
"It's pretty obvious that what we did last week wouldn't bring home the spoils this week," Noble said.
"We've reinforced the beliefs of the way that we should play and the kind of things that we should do."
"It's important that we do change from last week but a mental shift as well will help us."
One of the squad's first tasks was to assess the magnificent 52,500-capacity all-seater stadium in Brisbane, a ground Noble himself had played at under the guise of Lang Park before its redevelopment for the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
"We walked into the stadium a little bit earlier and we could feel the tensions rising - the right kind of tensions, the excitement," he said.
"What a terrific stadium to ply our trade on at the weekend."
"I was just reliving the try that I actually started in 1984 when Garry Schofield scored in the corner. I passed the ball so I claimed a slice of it!
"It's going to practically be a full house in a wonderful stadium.
"This is what the best people want to do. The best competitors want to play in arenas like this with a full house," he added.
Noble has opted to drop Kirk Yeaman, Garreth Carvell and Rob Burrow from his provisional seven-man interchange bench leaving James Roby, Adrian Morley, Lee Gilmour and Jon Wilkin as the replacement players.