Sean O’Brien Slams Lions Coaches Following Failure To Win Series With All Blacks
‘We should have won comfortably.’
Sean O’Brien has criticised the Lions coaching staff over their failure to win this summer’s series against the All Blacks. The Ireland and Leinster back-row maintains they should have won comfortably and that preparations were all wrong.
The Lions veteran says the coaches panicked and that they over-trained in the build-up to the 1st and 3rd Test.
“To be honest, I’d be pretty critical of it because I think we should have won the tour and we probably should have won it comfortably,” O’Brien told Newstalk
“The first week, we definitely over-trained on the Thursday and maybe the coaches were panicking a little bit about getting the information into us.
“We did nearly a similar thing in the last week. So maybe it’s more [from] a coaching point of view, in terms of taking lessons. Less is more sometimes on a tour like that, rather than trying to pick things up at the end of the week.”
“And probably from a players’ perspective, probably to be stronger and say ‘look, we don’t need that, we’re ready to rock. We just need to be short and sharp’.”
O’Brien does however, think the Lions should be proud of their efforts, but ultimately it was a huge opportunity lost.
“There’s definitely proud moments in there. We can be proud of what we did out there at times.
“Not to be negative about it or anything, it was a great tour and everything. But at the end of the day I think, with the squad we had, we should have beaten them.”