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Thursday 17 April 2014

O'Mahony tight-lipped as Pumas in the eye of a storm

Peter O'Mahony was on the wrong end of incident with the Pumas

PETER O'Mahony has refused to be drawn on whether an Argentina player attempted to gouge him in Ireland's brilliant win at the Aviva Stadium.

It will be revealed today if a player from the Pumas is to be cited for an ugly incident midway through the second half.

O'Mahony was the victim in the altercation when the Irish players could be clearly heard over referee Jaco Peyper's microphone shouting: "Eyes, eyes".

O'Mahony would not comment on the alleged incident. He was in Musgrave Park last night for Munster's loss to Scarlets and showed no signs of any damage.

The citing officer has up to 48 hours after the game to highlight an incident but there was no contact with the IRB disciplinary committee as of late last night.

The defeat of Argentina was a victory the team and Declan Kidney desperately needed as Ireland's second-tier seeding is secure ahead of the Rugby World Cup draw in London next Monday.

"This is a very positive result for us," said Kidney. "In your fantasy dreams, you hope for seven tries against Argentina. I complimented them inside because what they said they'd do, they did. I'm looking forward to Christmas now!"

Ireland's fortunes are in direct contrast to last season's Grand Slam winners Wales, who are in danger of dropping into the third tier of seeds. They face Australia on Saturday where a big defeat could see them relegated to the third tier of seeds for the World Cup draw.

But for Ireland and Kidney, the future looks bright.

"We've had a turnover of 17 guys since the World Cup," said Kidney. "That's a massive swing. When we saw the tries and the jumping on each other's back it was hugely uplifting for all involved."

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