Wednesday 13 December 2017

Reggie Corrigan predicts Peter O’Mahony is set to face the ultimate fall from grace on Lions tour

Peter O'Mahony struggling to hold on to his place in the Lions line-up for this weekend's 2nd Test against the All Blacks
Peter O'Mahony struggling to hold on to his place in the Lions line-up for this weekend's 2nd Test against the All Blacks
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Peter O’Mahony's Lions dream is set to turn very sour this weekend, according to former Ireland international Reggie Corrigan.

O’Mahony lived the dream as he led the Lions into battle against the All Blacks last Saturday, but Corrigan suspects the Irishman will be a high profile victim of changes made by coach Warren Gatland after a thumping 30-15 defeat.

Gatland looks set to shake up his side for the must-win 2nd Test in Wellington, with tour captain Sam Warburton among those tipped to start.

"I don’t think it’s fair to single him out as having a bad game," former Ireland prop Corrigan told RTÉ 2fm’s Game On.

"But I do think changes need to be made and I think if you look at the back row, he was the weaker of the three.

"Taulupe Faletau and Sean O’Brien had stronger games, they were probably the stand-out forwards in that pack so they have to stay.

"To be honest, I think there’s a need for a more natural No.7. Gatland has this thing about Warburton and it’s not a view I’d share.

"When Gatland goes into the press conference and starts talking about how well Sam did when he came on and the difference that he made you kind of know the writing’s on the wall for Peter O’Mahony. He’s already building it up for that.

"Justin Tipuric is playing better than Warburton...but I would bet my bottom dollar that Gatland is going to go with [his captain] at the weekend.

"Unfortunately Peter O’Mahony will lose out."

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