O’Ma­hony takes of­fence af­ter Reds get les­son

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - BREN­DAN FAN­NING

THE mo­ments af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle are per­haps not the best time to ask a man who ex­udes in­ten­sity if his team — who had just been well beaten — lacked some, eh, in­ten­sity. So when for­mer Le­in­ster cap­tain Reg­gie Cor­ri­gan, on duty yes­ter­day for TG4, went down this route with Mun­ster’s Peter O’Ma­hony, he ran into a road block straight away.

By the time the Mun­ster cap­tain fetched up to the press con­fer­ence about 40 min­utes later, he hadn’t mel­lowed too much.

“I think it’s a silly ques­tion, es­sen­tially call­ing my­self and my team-mates out and ques­tion­ing do we want it enough,” he said of the pitch-side in­ter­view.

“My­self — I’m a very proud Mun­ster man and Ir­ish­man and that’s at the core of every­thing. Every­thing is based around work-rate and you want to win, and for someone to ques­tion that, I’d take huge of­fence at it.”

So, for O’Ma­hony it was a frus­trat­ing day, a 23-17 de­feat to Le­in­ster topped off with what he in­ferred to be an in­sult. His side have a bit of catch­ing up to do be­fore their Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup tie in Cas­tres next Sun­day. He’s happy they can take that step.

“One hun­dred per cent, with a week’s train­ing. Look, we got a les­son in a few things to­day. A few other teams gave us some good lessons last year.”

This fix­ture is a les­son stuck on repeat mode with Le­in­ster win­ning all but one of the last 11 fix­tures in the Aviva And they were worth more than the six points that sep­a­rated the sides be­fore a crowd of 46,374.

Along the way man of the match Johnny Sex­ton over­took Felipe Con­tepomi as Le­in­ster’s record points-scorer, and his five from five shots on goal here puts him on 1,231.

I’m de­lighted for Johnny,” Leo Cullen said af­ter­wards. “I was sur­prised he turned away so many shots at goal for kicks to the cor­ner last week! He’s shown a lot of re­silience to come back at var­i­ous stages, and he’s worked hard since re­turn­ing from the Lions.”

Cullen was non com­mit­tal about the fit­ness for Europe next Satur­day — against Mont­pel­lier — of ab­sen­tees Isa Nacewa and Seán O’Brien. Even if they don’t make it, Cullen’s side are not too short of op­tions.

Johnny Sex­ton leaves the field with his son Luca af­ter be­com­ing Le­in­ster’s record points scorer

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