Sunday 8 December 2019

'That's for dad' - Emotional Man of the Match Devin Toner pays tribute to late father after sensational win

Devin Toner dedicated his man of the match award to his late father
Devin Toner dedicated his man of the match award to his late father

Devin Toner picked up the man of the match award following 14-man Ireland's heroic win over South Africa and then paid tribute to his father who passed away recently.

The big second row was immense in a gutsy and brave Irish performance as Joe Schmidt's men won in South Africa and with 14 men for most of the match following CJ Stander's red card in the first half.

As an emotional Toner accepted the man of the match trophy after the game, he simply said: "I just want to say, that's for dad," as he pointed to the sky.

Toner admitted he was proud of the whole team for all the work and effort that has gone in to preparing for the South African Tour over the past few weeks.

"I'm really proud of everyone to be honest. I suppose what happened in the first 20 minutes, going down to 14 men, we know we needed to dig deep.

"The Boks are an awesome side, they are a strong side, they are a big side so really needed to knuckle down and thankfully we did that."

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