Sean O'Brien: The Lions should have beaten the All Blacks "comfortably enough"

He thinks the coaching team made some mistakes in New Zealand...

BY Joseph Conroy 20:00 Wednesday 20 September 2017, 20:00 20 Sep 2017

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When Leinster and Ireland star Sean O'Brien looks back at the summer's Lions tour, he believes that the British and Irish selection should have won the series and that the coaching panel made a number of mistakes.

"To be honest with you I’d be pretty critical of it. I think we probably should have won the tour and we probably should have won it comfortably enough. I think there’s a lot of learning to take from the tour in terms of the coaching setup as well and from a player's point of view in terms how we dealt with things, but it’s a weird one I suppose, drawing a series" he told Off The Ball.

"I think the first week we definitely over-trained on the Thursday - maybe the coaches were maybe panicking a little bit about getting the information into us and the workload.

"I think we did nearly a similar thing on the last week. Maybe it’s more of a coaching point of view in terms of taking lessons. Maybe less is more sometimes on a tour like that," he added, speaking to Oisin Langan.

The Irish forward said that he raised his concerns regarding the squad's preparation with coaching staff during the tour.

"With the squad we had, we probably should have beat them," the Tullow man continued, noting that he still enjoyed the tour and that the team can be proud of a number of their performances.

He spoke at the announcement of Bank of Ireland's five-year extension its sponsorship deal with Leinster Rugby.

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