London - Ireland flank Sean O'Brien has criticised the
coaching during this year's British and Irish Lions tour, saying the team were
"overtrained" and should have easily beaten the All Blacks.
O'Brien, speaking to the Off The Ball podcast, said Warren
Gatland's coaching team were "panicking" at some stages in New
Zealand and that they may have cost them the tour.
The British and Irish composite side tied the three-Test
series 1-1 after they lost the first game, won the second and drew the final
encounter in Auckland.
"I'd be pretty critical of (the tour) because I think
we should have won the tour and we probably should have won it
comfortably," O'Brien said.
"Looking back there's a bit of frustration we didn't
get it right over the whole duration of the tour... We can be proud of some of
the performances we put in but I think as a player it was probably one that got
away from us."
O'Brien said a triple training session two days before the
first Test hurt the Lions' chances. They lost the tour opener 30-15.
"In the first week we definitely overtrained on the
Thursday and maybe the coaches were panicking a little bit about getting the
information into us," he said.
"And I think we did nearly the same thing on the last
week... less is more sometimes on a tour like that."
O'Brien scored a classic try in the first game but he said
the tour was "probably one that got away from us".
"I think there's a lot of learnings to take from the
tour in terms of the coaching set-up as well and from a player's point of view
with how we dealt with things," he said.
O'Brien added: At the end of the day with the squad we had,
I think we should have beaten them, 100 percent."