Monday 24 September 2018

O'Mahony nearing his best - Erasmus

Rassie Erasmus. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Rassie Erasmus. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus says he expects to see the best of Peter O'Mahony for the first time under his management as he looks sharp again following his injury lay-off.

O'Mahony was superb for Munster last season after he made his comeback after a year on the sidelines following the knee injury he sustained at the Rugby World Cup in 2015, and Erasmus thinks it is this season that we will see the Cork man hit his peak again.

O'Mahony played for Munster for the first time this season in the win over Cardiff Blues last weekend, and after a solid outing at Thomond Park the Munster captain will be unleashed on Leinster again this weekend.

"When you have a long-term injury like he had the previous year, from my experience it always takes you to the next pre-season and then you actually hit your straps again," said Erasmus.

"It's a long-term thing. You don't come right in that first season, you only hit your straps the next season and today, for a guy who last played in the Lions' first Test it's a long time.

"It's a few months ago and for you to not look out of sorts and be nice and agile, I think he's in much better shape than this time last year."

Erasmus has yet to win a game at the Aviva Stadium since he took charge, and following losses to Leinster, Saracens and Scarlets in Dublin last year he is keen to win tomorrow.

He thinks the performance against Cardiff will not suffice though.

"That will not be good enough. If we struggle for the first 15 minutes like we did a team like Leinster will punish us. It wasn't good enough, everybody knows that.

"I want to build the guys up so to get the win for morale and confidence was very important and now it's continuity into Europe."

Irish Independent

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