Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Coach correct over O'Driscoll

It has been suggested that someone ask Warren Gatland to properly answer the question of why he dropped Brian O'Driscoll for the final Lions' test.

I suggest there could only one possible answer: "I thought we would have a better chance of winning with someone else in the team".

We will never know what would have happened had O'Driscoll played, but we do know what happened without him.

It is inconceivable that Mr Gatland, a respected and successful coach, would have picked anything other than what he perceived as his best team – if only because his reputation was on the line.

Needless to say, we would have have heard the end of it if the Lions had lost.

However, it seems pointless to pillory Warren Gatland for winning.

Tom Brazil

London

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