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Brian O’Driscoll Calls Out Sunday Times Journalist For Bizarre Comments On Johnny Sexton

Brian O’Driscoll was quick to jump to the defence of Johnny Sexton after the out-half was strangely criticized in The Sunday Times.

After Ireland put in a fantastic performance to stop England from winning their second consecutive Grand Slam on Saturday, Stephen Jones was tasked with compiling a list of player ratings for The Sunday Times.

Although the Welsh journalist’s ratings were mostly fair, Jones did make a pretty outrageous statement when assessing the performance of Ireland’s Johnny Sexton.

Awarding the out-half with a mark of 6/10 for his showing in the Aviva, Jones went on to state that Sexton ‘often struggles’ and is only ‘potentially’ a great player.

The more he stays down, the more he will be targeted and it will be merciless in New Zealand. Potentially, a great player. Often struggles.

With Sexton now widely regarded as the best out-half in world rugby, Jones’ suggestion that the Leinster back was ‘potentially a great player’ was certainly bizarre.

In fact, the comment seemed so out of touch with the general perception of the 31-year-old’s ability that former Irish centre, Brian O’Driscoll, was quick to call out the author.

According to Jones’ logic, players should be castigated if targeted by the opposition rather than praised for the ability which leads their opponents to attempt to take them out of the game. And as O’Driscoll rightly points out, Sexton is often targeted not because of how long he ‘stays down’ but due to how well he attacks the gain line.

Check out some more Twitter reaction to Jones’ bizarre Sexton comments below.

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