Saturday 21 September 2019

O'Mahony: Reds are back in zone and focused on PRO14 honours

Munster's Peter O'Mahony. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Munster's Peter O'Mahony. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Munster returned from their Saracens loss to produce one of their best training sessions of the year, according to captain Peter O’Mahony.

The 29-year-old insists they are not dwelling on their Champions Cup semi-final loss and returned to their training base in Limerick ahead of Saturday’s home clash against Connacht.

O’Mahony was crowned Munster’s Player of the Year on Tuesday night and while he admitted that it was difficult to stomach a seventh European semi-final loss since Munster won it in 2008, they are determined to have a right crack at winning the PRO14.

“It was a rough day, a rough few days for everyone for lots of reasons but we came back and had a great training session, one of the best of the year actually.

“It was a super session. It was a testament to the lads, to be honest, to rock up after last weekend and put the head down and know we’ve a huge game this weekend.

“We need to win against Connacht to give ourselves any chance of going straight to a semi-final but we’ve guaranteed ourselves a quarter-final and at this time of the year, after this weekend, there’ll be lots of teams who won’t have any rugby left.

“There were lots of European teams last weekend who didn’t have a game and at times, you know, we’re sick and tired of losing semi-finals but it takes a lot of effort to get that far in the competition with the quality that we’re up against.

“You see who’s in the final, I don’t think anyone would argue they’re the two best teams in Europe and we’re going to come up against some excellent sides in the PRO14.

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“There are some huge games for us coming up, which is paramount to us,” added O’Mahony, who has chalked up 123 appearances for his native province.

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