SOME MAN. That's a term that gets bandied around far too often these days but there is one young man who is worthy of the title.
There are some of us who would run a mile at the idea of coming up against Stephen Ferris, there are some who tremble at the thoughts of conceding a penalty against a team with Ruan Pienaar in their midst but the Tullow Tank, the face of Tullow rugby and the heart and soul of the club too, Sean, just Sean, is, some man.
The odds were 16/1 for the Bog Lane man to score the first try and 9/1 to get man of the match. No odds were available for a double but our sources tell us unless a special bet was available it should have been 144/1. How nice would that have been for a few Sean supporters?
Facebook news feeds and Twitter home pages erupted when the big guy went over the line for the first try of the game but it was Sunday before the Tullow Tank logged in and in true Sean style he thanked his and Leinster's supporters: "What a day yesterday, some bunch of players and staff to be involved with and some supporters rowing in behind us all year! #goodtimes".
No club will be happier than Tullow and they shared their thoughts "Sean O'brien and Leinster winning the Heineken Cup brings great pleasure to our club and we are delighted for Sean and his family they must be very proud of him as we are. It is even greater for Sean's dad, Sean Senior who is the incoming President to Tullow this year as well. It's a great credit to all our Volunteers at Tullow that they can be part of Sean's success as he is always at the club and with our Youths and Senior Teams and it's great to hear that they all want to arrange a home coming for Sean so let's wait and see what Sean's commitments are! It's been a great year for the Tullow club and with Sean and the Heineken cup and Man of the match award what more could we ask for!" said PJ Haskins.
Sean's sister Caroline was unable to travel across the water but the excitement was still huge in her house.
"Oh it was just great, brilliant! I'd say we were shouting louder at the telly here than we would have been shouting if we were over there" said Caroline who had given herself tonsillitis from such shouting and cheering.
"We couldn't go over because Patrick (3) and Will (1) both had the chickenpox even though we had the boat booked and tickets for the match and everything".
Caroline informed us that despite her sons young age they are well aware that their uncle is one of the best rugby players in the world. "Oh they know well sure, they do be singing "allez les bleus" and jumping and leaping around the place and sure when Sean went over for the try I'd say we could be heard in Twickenham," laughed Caroline. Although Sean is a big man he is still a little brother in her eyes. "Of course you'd be worried that he might get injured but he's well able to look after himself, we do all be a bit worried, Mammy was in our house to watch it and my in-laws were here too. It was fantastic" finished Caroline.
Sean senior also couldn't travel over because a cow was due to calve at home although as to whether it was big Sean or little Sean who owned the cow remains to be known, and also, which one is big Sean and which one is little Sean is also up for debate!
With the immense help of Sean, Leinster have now become the greatest club team in the northern hemisphere, winning three out of four Heineken Cups with their weekend antics being the most emphatic to date, a devastating demolition of Ulster.
How ironic that the first ever all Ireland Heineken Cup final was played in the rugby heart of England as thousands of blue fans (and even some Tullow Avatars) descended on the legendary Twickenham to watch Sean O'brien show why he was the 2011 European player of the year.
Sean himself never seems to lose his cool, speaking to reporters after the game, which was the European Cup final remember, and he had just scored a try and won man of the match and what was his reaction to his own performance? "Ah yeah happy enough". He then ran to the nearest phone box, spun around a few times and emerged in a blue and red costume with a big letter "S" on the front. I guess now we know why superman wears blue don't we?