O’mahony relief as injury proves to be ‘dead leg’
There was relief for Ireland vice-captain Peter O’mahony that his man-ofthe-match performance in the win over the All Blacks left him not with hamstring trouble but a dead leg. On a day when O’mahony’s province Munster reported a return to full training for Conor Murray and Chris Farrell, reports from the IRFU on their captain in yesterday’s squad update suggested the flanker would not be a concern for next month’s back-to-back Heineken Champions Cup clashes with Castres.
O ’ M a h o n y a p p e a r e d to r e c e iv e treatment during the historic 16-9 win over the world champions to both a shoulder and a hamstring before he was replaced on 63 minutes, but the IRFU yesterday reported that the 29-year-old “suffered a dead leg and his training load will be managed accordingly.”
O’mahony’s wholehearted performance was watched by an audience averaging 883,700 on RTÉ2 on Saturday, a 57% share of those watching television in Ireland at the time. More than one million viewers were watching the channel’s coverage when the final whistle sounded and Joe Schmidt’s team secured a first home victory over the All Blacks.
Following the game, head coach Schmidt released a number of players from that heroic performance back to their provinces, with scrum-half Kieran Marmion returning to Connacht and Leinster welcoming back Sean Cronin, Jack Mcgrath, Rob Kearney, James Ryan, Jordan Larmour and Dan Leavy ahead of this weekend’s resumption of Guinness PRO14 rugby.