Warren Gatland hs hit back at the New Zealand media after coming under attack from a ‘personal’ and ‘targeted’ campaign aimed at undermining the Lions series.
“A lot of people have written us off in the last week and said the tour was over,’ said Gatland. ‘I even heard someone say it was more embarrassing than 2005.
“I have been hammered by the New Zealand media as well so it has been a targeted campaign against me personally.
“That is part of coaching at the highest level and we know you have got to be able to handle those sorts of things. It is that sort of pressure and sometimes that brings out the best in me as a competitor.
‘It has been a really tough week. There has been a lot of criticism and that has been challenging for us. We have had to stay strong within the group.
“The goal was the Test matches and to keep improving towards that. I hope we didn’t disappoint too many people with the result.’