Wednesday 21 February 2018

Brian O'Driscoll recalls the time he waited 18 months to exact revenge on Marcus Horan

Marcus Horan, Munster, is tackled by Brian O'Driscoll, left back in 2009
Marcus Horan, Munster, is tackled by Brian O'Driscoll, left back in 2009

Harry Clarke

Brian O'Driscoll has recalled a time when he waited a full 18 months to try and exact revenge on Marcus Horan following a "cheap shot" during a Munster v Leinster clash.

The former Ireland captain was on Friday night's Off The Ball Show on Newstalk and was joined by Nathan Hines, with the latter revealing how Johnny Sexton was the only player to ever refuse a handshake following a game of rugby. Hines would later join Sexton at Leinster and the two were quick to put any bad blood behind them.

O'Driscoll then had his say on the subject of on-the-field altercations and told listeners he plotted revenge on Munster man Horan for a full 18 months but the opportunity never arose.

“I had one or two of those situations throughout the course of my career where someone would get a shot on me or cheap shot you off the ball, and I remember in the weeks (leading up to) that game, it would play on your mind," said O'Driscoll on Off The Ball.

"You'd try and wait for scenarios, particularly as an outside back where you wouldn't find yourself in confrontation, and you'd try to do it as legally as possible but you left nothing behind.

"I missed Marcus Horan on one, he caught me off the ball in the one after the Northampton final down in Thomond Park, the Pro 12 final, and I was badly winded.

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll and Marcus Horan
Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll and Marcus Horan

"I remember for the next year and a half, any time we played Munster I just waited. He was on the bench a few times, and then injured, and I was injured and it just never transpired.

"If I see him out for a few pints in Limerick one day, the two of us are gonna go head to head! No, it's all good, I just wanted to get that opportunity but it never reared it's ugly head."

While it may be "all good", O'Driscoll insists you never forget incidents like that.

“No you don't (forget), you store them. Without letting them distract from your game, but if I had sniffed out any opportunity in those Munster games, I would have availed of it."

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