O’ma­hony re­lief as in­jury proves to be ‘dead leg’

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY -

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.

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