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Sky Sports forced to apologise as pissed off O'Brien lets rip after Lions win

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Sean O'Brien is interviewed by Will Greenwood.
Sean O'Brien is interviewed by Will Greenwood.
Image: Sky Sports screen grab

SKY SPORTS PRESENTER Will Greenwood was forced to apologise on behalf the broadcaster after Lions flanker Sean O’Brien cursed live on air following his side’s 35-0 win over Melbourne Rebels.

The Irishman scored a try in the second-half of the Lions’ victory. He will hope that he did enough on the pitch to force his way into coach Warren Gatland’s thoughts ahead of his Thursday team announcement for the Second Test. O’Brien made the curse slip-up when Greenwood, a former Lion himself, asked if the players were eager to correct their reversal against the Brumbies last week.

He said the squad wanted to right the wrong of that 14-12 defeat in Canberra rather than an irate coaching staff. O’Brien commented:

I think it’s a bit of both but mostly players. We were pretty pissed off, to be honest, after last Tuesday night. We wanted to put things right tonight with a good performance. All good.”

Greenwood immediately jumped in to say, “We’ll just apologise for the language there… we’re sorry.”

O’Brien grinned before adding his apology to the mix. Greenwood continued on with the interview, with O’Brien and outhalf Owen Farrell, and both players stated their aim to get into the Test match squad.

(Credit: Sky Sports)

O’Brien said, “The plan was to go out there and work hard for each other. That was the big thing, not trying to make it an individual thing. If the team plays well the individual goes well.”

The Lions performed better at the breakdown than they have in recent weeks. O’Brien was happier that he and his back row colleagues were allowed to get stuck in.

He commented, “It’s a bit of a grey area over here, the way the refs are going to ref it. We said we’d deal with that ourselves tonight and try to get past the ball and take a body out if it was in front of us. It certainly went better than last Tuesday night anyway.”


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