Tuesday 24 October 2017

Munster must avoid Sarries hangover - O'Mahony

Munster winger Ronan O'Mahony. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Munster winger Ronan O'Mahony. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Munster winger Ronan O'Mahony is champing at the bit to continue his try-scoring exploits in Italy tomorrow, having been left out of the squad for the Champions Cup showdown against Saracens.

O'Mahony is the top try-scorer in this season's Guinness Pro12 with nine, one ahead of Leinster's Joey Carbery, Glasgow's Tommy Seymour, Scarlets' Steffan Evans and Ulster's Jacob Stockdale.

The 27-year-old from Limerick has played 56 Pro12 games but only featured eight times in Europe for Munster.

Munster must now put their European exit behind them as they look for a first trophy since they won the Pro12 in 2011, and O'Mahony believes they must secure their home semi-final tomorrow when they take on Treviso.

"We'll definitely become a better team after the Saracens game. We'll take good learnings, and there's a huge amount to play for this season," said O'Mahony.

Mood

"We can't have a hangover. We have to hit the ground running and keep the mood up.

"We've put a huge amount of work into this Pro12 and if we go there and get two points and secure that home semi, it would be huge for us.

"It's a massive competition for us and all we have left really and we're putting everything into it."

Rassie Erasmus' confirmation that he is staying on has softened the blow of the Saracens defeat and O'Mahony said it's a huge boost to have him in Limerick for the next couple of seasons.

"Rassie said that he would like to coach the Springboks one day… I'm not sure when that is but we're delighted to have his experience; even with his short involvement here we've grown so much as a team."

O'Mahony added: "Rassie really appreciates my work-rate on the pitch, that I provide good momentum to the team, and getting over for a couple of tries as well helps, but it is hugely positive that he is staying."

Irish Independent

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