Allan Massie: Warren Gatland should ignore Sean O’Brien
I doubt if we should pay much attention to Sean O’Brien’s claim that the Lions would have won all three Tests against the All Blacks if they had been better coached. Most of us thought that the Lions did better than expected in drawing the series, though apparently the prop Mako Vunipola has said that the Lions would have won if Eddie Jones had been the coach; perhaps, perhaps not. Of course, coaches, like football managers, are held responsible for failure, which is fair enough if only because they are given credit for success. But it’s not coaches who miss tackles or drop passes, just as they don’t score tries or kick penalties. Still one now reads that Gatland is going to “confront” O’Brien. He might do better just to shrug his shoulders and prepare Wales to beat Ireland in the Six Nations.