British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has revealed he was "ready for 20 minutes of extra-time" at the dramatic third Test conclusion against world champions New Zealand.
And Warburton admitted it would have been good to see a winner after the Eden Park clash ended 15-15 and resulted in a first drawn Lions Test series since 1955.
"I was expecting to go again," said Warburton, after Owen Farrell's 78th-minute penalty tied things up.
I didn't actually realise it was a drawn series. I was ready for 20 minutes of extra-time.
Despite the overall success of their New Zealand tour, debate and speculation about the Lions' future will continue to rage in some quarters.
But Wales star Warburton, who has now led the Lions to unbeaten Test series performances in Australia and New Zealand, has no doubt where the best of British and Irish belong in rugby union's bigger picture.
Speaking on behalf of the players, we would always want the Lions to happen," he said.
As for whether Warburton will be around for a possible third successive Lions tour in South Africa four years from now, the 28-year-old added: "Crikey, I don't know if I will be playing then.
"I have got three more years on a national dual contract with Cardiff Blues. I would love to try and get to the next World Cup and then, depending on how my body feels, I will come to a crossroads at that point and see what I will do.
"It's probably a bit of a long stretch to try and make the next Lions tour. I would want to make sure that physically I was at my best."